A Barnstaple man has been hit with an £80 fine after buying cider for two 13-year-old boys. The incident was witnessed by a Police Community Support Officer at a store in the Roundswell area on Saturday, April 25 at around 6pm. The officer confiscated the

A Barnstaple man has been hit with an £80 fine after buying cider for two 13-year-old boys.The incident was witnessed by a Police Community Support Officer at a store in the Roundswell area on Saturday, April 25 at around 6pm.The officer confiscated the "large quantity" of alcohol before taking the youngsters home and informing their parents.The 31-year-old culprit was later identified after the store helped police by supplying CCTV pictures of the offender, who was issued with an £80 fixed penalty notice after admitting the supply, which is a criminal offence.Local police have recently been working with local stores and pubs across North Devon to crack down on underage and irresponsible consumption of alcohol, which has been proved to lead to increased crime and disorder."The actions of this man in buying alcohol on request for the two boys was both irresponsible and damaging to the community," said PC Terry Hodgson, Neighbourhood Beat Manager for the Roundswell area."Officers are carrying out extensive patrols across the North Devon and Torridge sectors to identify and prosecute anyone found supplying or buying alcohol for underage youths."We have been well supported by residents and business owners in the aim to further improve the quality of life within the area."I would ask anyone with information regarding adults supplying minors with alcohol to contact their local station to enable officers to take positive action.