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News - 6 August 2004
Blitz on drunken yobs delivers results
This summer's nationwide police blitz on alcohol-fuelled violence has proven to be a winner. Results from the first month of a summer-long police enforcement campaign show that illegal drinking and selling of alcohol is rife and that a campaign of this nature is long overdue.
Half way through the eight-week campaign, police have carried out sting operations against more than 600 licensed premises, targeted nearly 2,000 troublemakers with fixed penalty notices and confiscated alcohol from more than 4,000 adults and juveniles.
The enforcement campaign is targeting alcohol-related disorder and underage drinking in 92 communities across the country. The campaign is co-ordinated by the Home Office's Police Standards Unit and the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO), working with partners such as local authorities and trading standards teams. Results from the first month show that: * Police and partners visited more than 14,000 premises (10,882 on and 3268 off licence).
- Five per cent of those premises visited were found to have committed an offence.
- Out of 646 sting operations, 51 per cent of on licence and 29 per cent of off licence premises were found to be selling to under-18s.
- Police issued 1869 fixed penalty notices - 794 for causing harassment, 786 for being drunk and disorderly and 289 for other alcohol-related offences.
- Police confiscated alcohol from 1764 under-18s and from 2553 adults in a 'designated area'.
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