ADULTS who buy alcohol to supply to children are being targetted in a joint operation by Nottinghamshire County Council Trading Standards and Nottinghamshire Police.
Operation Spade is tackling the ‘proxy’ purchasing of alcohol which is undermining work done by retailers and Licensing Authorities to prevent the direct sale of alcohol to under-18s.
During the crackdown a Sutton man was issued with a £80 fixed penalty notice on 21st October after becoming the first person to fall foul of the operation.
The man was observed buying two bottles of wine from an off license on Outram Street, Sutton-and giving them to two 15 year-old girls.
Police officers issued the man with the Fixed Penalty Notice and took the two girls home. The alcohol was confiscated.
The man is a father to teenagers but is not related to the girls he was intending to provide alcohol for.
A follow-up visit will be made to the two girls to establish why they were trying to acquire alcohol and explain the health and personal safety risks drinking can cause for young people.
Outram Street was targetted for the enforcement action following intelligence received about proxy alcohol purchases from members of the public.
Coun Mick Murphy, Cabinet Member for Community Safety at Nottinghamshire County Council said: “This operation shows excellent partnership working between enforcement agencies, working together to tackle the harm caused by underage drinking.”
Anyone who has information about adults buying alcohol for children in Nottinghamshire should call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. Information can be provided annonymously but should be as detailed as possible.