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Last Updated: Tuesday, 16 May 2006, 12:02 GMT 13:02 UK
Campaign targets teenage drinkers
St Michael's Church
Problem areas like St Michael's churchyard are being targeted
Teenage drinking "hotspots" in Dumfries are to be targeted in a month-long police campaign in the town.

The force will undertake high-profile patrols of recognised problem areas, starting on 19 May.

Police promise a hard line approach and all offenders face being reported to the procurator fiscal.

Officers will also visit off-licences, pubs and clubs in a bid to reduce the amount of alcohol being sold to underage drinkers.

Sgt Graham Kerr of the Dumfries division said: "During this operation we will be operating a zero tolerance policy on under 18s drinking and drinking in public places.

Warning letters

"Everyone caught committing offences like this will be reported to the procurator fiscal or Children's Reporter.

"Alcohol will be seized from people under 18 and from over 18s if we have reasonable cause to suspect that it is intended for younger people."

The action comes after a weekend when warning letters were sent out to parents of teenagers found drinking in the town.

Two girls aged 14 and 15 were found to be drinking alcohol in the cemetery at St Michael's Church in the early hours of 13 May.

A further four boys aged between 14 and 17 and two 14-year-old girls were found drinking alcohol in the cemetery on Craigs Road on the same day.

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