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Crackdown on under age drinking in Ribble Valley
6:00pm Monday 26th August 2013 in News
VULNERABLE children were taken home to their parents in a crackdown on underage drinkers.
The Community Alcohol Network (CAN) Safe operation saw six alcohol seizures by special constables in the Ribble Valley on Friday evening.
In Pennine division, nine children were collected in a similar drive by officers and 35 litres of booze was retrieved.
The operation brought together staff from Lancashire Police, Lancashire County Council and Trading Standards.
In a first for the police force, Nigel Walters, chief officer of the Lancashire Police specials, tweeted updates live from the scene.
Officers, wary of students out celebrating GCSE results, also carried out 28 checks on licensed premises throughout the two areas.
The Mayor of Clitheroe, Coun Kevin Horkin, joined the Lancashire Telegraph on patrol with a dozen volunteer special constables in Clitheroe and Sabden during the operation.
Coun Horkin, chairman of the Ribble Valley Community Safety Partnership, which helps fund the CANSafe initiative, said: “It was really good to see how the police interact with young people.
“I thought is was really reassuring and incredibly impressive the way they conducted themselves.
“We have a burgeoning night-time economy in the Ribble Valley and it’s important we’re aware of potential problems with young people early on.”
A 16-year-old girl with alcohol at a bus stop in Well Terrace, Clitheroe, was taken back to the Joint Divisional Offices in Pimlico Road, while a 15-year-old girl with alcohol in Duck Street was taken home to her grateful parents.
The Pennine team also carried out four drugs searches and made one arrest.
PC Martin Midgely, who co-ordinated the operation, said: “The emphasis is on safeguarding and not enforcement.
“It was a very productive evening for us, although not as busy as it might have been because of the rain.
“The Pennine operation has only launched recently and it’s going really well.”
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