Copy of email received Monday 28th April, 2009
Bid To Stamp Out Underage Drinking in Wakefield
Tuesday April 28, 2009
Police in Wakefield are continuing to make their mark on underage
Wakefield Central Neighbourhood Policing Team has joined forces with
licensees, the Primary Care Trust and Wakefield Council to prevent
youngsters drinking illegally, putting themselves at risk and
From next week, any visitor who appears underage and does not have
suitable identification will attend a police display vehicle where
their identifications will be verified. Only then will they be
issued with an ink stamp to the forehand which will allow them easy
access to the nightlife.
The stamp and colours will be determined on the night to avoid any
Underage revellers will remain with the Police who will contact
their parents and ask them to attend. Follow up visits and letters
will be conducted at a later stage by Anti-Social Behaviour
Schools officers will be making a presentation about the initiative
in schools and will be on hand to act as spotters for the evening.
Inspector Richard Close said: “The issues of youths drinking in the
city pubs will be stopped. I however have to emphasise to licensees
that they have a key role to play in preventing underage drinking
and they must jump on board this initiative.
“My team will be out on the streets enforcing the ‘stamping’. They
will also be looking at those premises that flout the initiative and
allow anyone easy access.
“It became apparent that many underage drinkers were using fake
identification and managing to enter venues in the city. The only
identification suitable is a passport, any other ID will be
challenged and checked out. One youth in recent weeks was arrested
for possessing a fake licence.
“My message is clear and simple, anyone under 18 should not visit
the city because they will be going home and if they do get into a
pub or club, it highly likely they will be escorted out.”
West Yorkshire Police Website
More Information on underage
drinking (7th May, 2009)
Wakefield North West Neighbourhood Policing Team
Tel no: 01924 294 671