Hotline urges community to report antisocial behaviour
A telephone service has been set up in Northumberland and Tyne & Wear to allow residents to report shops they know are selling alcohol to
The number - 101 - already exists for them to report antisocial behaviour such as vandalism, fly-tipping and noisy neighbours, but now its use is being extended to include under-age alcohol sales.
Peter Coates, Northumbria 101 operations manager, said: "Children who manage to buy alcohol usually end up drinking it on the streets and in parks and public places which can lead to rowdiness, antisocial behaviour and threatening or intimidating behaviour, all of which we get calls about from members of the public.
"We also receive calls about the consequences of under-age drinking such as litter and vandalism," he added.
"Reporting shops which knowingly sell alcohol to under-18s may help to prevent a raft of antisocial behaviour in our communities and we are urging members of the public to call 101 to report offences of this nature."