Police target teenagers

A POLICE campaign to stamp out underage drinking has yielded big results in its first seven weeks.

Operation Sabina, which has been running in Babergh since the start of March, sees officers patrolling areas where teenagers meet and safely disposing of any alcohol.

So far, officers have seized three bottles of vodka, 31 cans and 42 bottles of lager from under 18s, with letters sent to the parents of the offenders explaining what has happened and what the law is.

Anti-social behaviour officer Sally Watson said: “Eighteen letters have been sent out covering the Sudbury and Great Cornard areas, and it appears that they may be having an impact as only one person has been stopped with alcohol twice.

“This triggers step two, where the local Safer Neighbourhood Team will visit the parents, and other agencies may get involved.

“If a young person is stopped three times with alcohol, we can bring a prosecution but we would prefer to work with that teenager and their family to find a solution.”

Insp Paul Crick of Babergh area’s safer neighbourhood team added: “With the Easter holidays under way and nights becoming lighter, we do expect to see more young people gathering in public places.

“We will be patrolling these areas and taking any alcohol from them.”

Anyone experiencing anti-social behaviour should contact police on 01473 613500.