Off-licenses sign up to tackle underage drinkers

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A NEW initiative aimed at tackling the problem of underage drinking across the borough was officially launched at Mossley Mill recently.

The ‘Off-Licence Code of Practice’ is designed to make it tougher for young people under the age of 18 to purchase alcohol.

Representatives from local off-sales businesses were invited to the launch of the initiative, which is being driven by Newtownabbey Community Safety Partnership (CSP) and the PSNI.

The Code sets out the regulations in terms of the legal sale of alcohol, and warns of the consequences for anyone caught selling booze to minors.

Off-licences which sign up to the Code of Practice will get free training from the PSNI, and receive a resource pack containing advice leaflets for staff and customers and stickers and posters to display in prominent places.

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