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Alcohol confiscated in crackdown

Officers have confiscated hundreds of bottles of alcohol during a clampdown on underage drinking in Derbyshire.

Police seized 186 bottles containing alcohol and sent out 136 anti-social behaviour warning letters as part of Operation Wasted in Ilkeston.

Young people were given free cinema tickets and dancing classes to deter them from congregating on the street.

Extra patrols were also carried out during the eight-week operation which ended on 27 March.

Sgt Doug Neely said: "All of the officers who work on the Ilkeston Safer Neighbourhood teams take reports of underage drinking very seriously.

"We are aware of the effect it has on our community and we will continue to work towards reducing this problem over the upcoming months.

"Much of the alcohol we collected will have been supplied to a young person by an adult and I would like to warn the public that anyone found to have given alcohol to a young person will be prosecuted."

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