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Police in the south of the county were out last night reminding school-leavers to celebrate the end of term sensibly or find themselves on the wrong side of the law.
The patrols, which were focused on hot spot areas, were designed to tackle street drinking and associated anti-social behaviour which tends to happen at this time of year when pupils finish school. The overall aim of the operation was to ensure the safety of the young people.
Neighbourhood beat teams, special constables, neighbourhood wardens, local community liaison officers and officers from the alcohol harm reduction unit, along with trading standards officers and the ambulance service, joined forces to ensure the end of term celebrations did not create issues for local residents.
Any young people found to be under the influence of alcohol were taken to a place of safety where they were given suitable advice about alcohol misuse before being collected by their parents.
Sergeant Jayne Burdess-Hoseason said: “Last night, we spoke to around 20 youngsters in total, and made a significant number of alcohol seizures.
“It isn’t just about the nuisance the children cause when they are under the influence of alcohol, they also become much more vulnerable which puts them at increased risk. By running these patrols we are also aiming to keep them safe.
“We have also focused activity this time in river-side locations, so that we can spread the very important water safety messages in time for the beginning of the school holidays.
“We do tend to get increased reports of anti-social behaviour when young groups congregate, which impacts the lives of other local residents.
“Parents can support us during the summer months by making suitable arrangements for their sons and daughters when they are not in school. We would also urge them to be responsible and not buy drink for underage people.”
Ron Hogg, Durham’s Police and Crime Commissioner said: “I strongly encourage our young people to think twice before getting involved in behaviour which impacts negatively on others and could potentially put themselves at risk. This applies whether they are out alone or with groups of friends, and are old enough to take responsibility for their own actions.”
Durham Police will be running similar patrols across the force throughout the summer.
Posted on Saturday 18th July 2015