Man fined for buying beer for Barnstaple teenagers

A BARNSTAPLE man has been fined for buying alcohol for underage drinkers. The 18-year-old was given a fixed penalty notice for �80 after being seen buying beer from a town centre shop before handing it to two youths who were waiting outside. The incident,

A BARNSTAPLE man has been fined for buying alcohol for underage drinkers.

The 18-year-old was given a fixed penalty notice for �80 after being seen buying beer from a town centre shop before handing it to two youths who were waiting outside.

The incident, which took place on Barnstaple High Street at around 9.30pm on Friday, January 29, was witnessed by a concerned passer by who reported it to police.

Officers are keen to remind anyone asked to buy alcohol for young people of the potential consequences of their actions.


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PC Lucy Robinson, neighbourhood beat manager for Barnstaple town centre, said: "Not only is it a criminal offence to supply alcohol to those underage, but it also can have an extremely detrimental effect on the quality of life for all residents.

"There is a proven direct link between young people consuming alcohol and anti-social behaviour which impacts on the community as a whole.

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"This man's actions could potentially have provided the catalyst for unruly behaviour, and I would personally like to thank the witness for providing information to Police."

PC Robinson said local officers work regularly with a number of partner agencies that deal with the issue of drinking among a minority of young people, and are keen to highlight the negative health aspects of abusing alcohol.

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