Published: 09/06/2014 11:53 - Updated: 09/06/2014 12:06

Alcohol seized in underage crack-down

Police take part in Operation Avon
Police take part in Operation Avon

POLICE seizes seven bottles of spirits in one night during a crack-down on underage drinking.

Officers patrolled smaller villages and rural areas in Moray as part of Operation Avon.

In Mosstowie they found a group of young people under 18 with six bottles of spirits, and in Burghead two youngsters had six bottles of beer and a bottle of vodka.

The alcohol was confiscated and disposed of and parents were informed.

Sergeant Sean Jones who led the operation said: "Alcohol not only causes behaviour issues with young people but there are long term health and lifestyle choices surrounding it’s misuse.

"By working with the young people on the street we can engage on a very personal level and hopefully teach and educate them away from its misuse."

None of the youngsters spoken to on May 30 were found to be drunk and no one was charged.

Operation Avon is a multi-agency initiative designed to teach young people about the effects and consequences of consuming alcohol.

Staff from Police Scotland, NHS Grampian, Moray Council’s youth justice department, Moray Engagement Team and community wardens attend a town or village on a weekly basis to talk with young people and examine the issues surrounding alcohol and substance misuse as well as other lifestyle choices.

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