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PCSOs to tackle underage drinking
A campaign to crack down on underage drinking in a part of Derbyshire is being extended over the Christmas and New Year period.

The pilot project started in November in Clay Cross with community support officers (PCSOs) patrolling the area.

Patrols in problem areas will be stepped up, alcohol will be confiscated from underage drinkers and shops supplying alcohol will be targeted.

Teams will also offer advice to young people suffering with alcohol problems.

Fixed penalties

PCSO John Lockwood said: "Patrolling the area worked - word must have got round and there were no problems.

"We want to carry this on over Christmas and the New Year to make sure all the residents have pleasant time during the celebrations."

Anyone underage found with alcohol will have letters sent to their parents. In some cases, the team will also consider drawing up anti-social behaviour contracts.

Adults found supplying alcohol to youngsters could be issued with a fixed penalty notice.

The campaign will run from 21 December until 31 January.

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