Booze confiscated in underage crackdown
PUBLISHED: 15:00 25 April 2008 | UPDATED: 22:19 26 October 2009
LAGER, wine, alcopops and spirits were seized in a clampdown on underage boozers. The haul was confiscated by Welwyn Hatfield Council street wardens as they patrolled areas in WGC where youths are known to gather. The operation targeted King George V play
LAGER, wine, alcopops and spirits were seized in a clampdown on underage boozers.
The haul was confiscated by Welwyn Hatfield Council street wardens as they patrolled areas in WGC where youths are known to gather.
The operation targeted King George V playing fields, Stanborough and Digswell Nature Reserve.
Items recovered which had not yet been opened included 50 cans of lager, a bottle of red wine and two bottles of alcopops.
Opened items, which were poured away, included almost 30 cans of lager, three litre bottles of cider, a cola bottle filled with a whisky mixture, four bottles of sparking wine and two-and-a-half bottles of vodka.
A posse of around 60 youths were also seen vandalising plants at Digswell Nature Reserve. They were dispersed and the incident reported to police.
Leading warden Kevin Hornsey said: "We're seeing much younger teenagers drinking and it's really putting them at risk of assault, injury and getting involved in things they'll regret.
"The street wardens will continue to tackle these drinking sessions and the people who supply them for the wellbeing of the young people and the peace of the whole community."
During the operation on Friday, April 11, a man was identified on CCTV as having purchased alcohol for one of the groups of teens.
A council spokeswoman said: "The man concerned was identified by the street wardens and the information shared with the police. He will be contacted about this matter."
The clampdown came after the street wardens spent the day in the Howard Centre, WGC, promoting Alcohol Awareness Week and giving out literature to shoppers.
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