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Edinburgh Police have launched a ‘Don’t Ask For It’ campaign, advising people not to buy alcohol on behalf of underage youngsters. Divisional licensing officers and community policing teams will be visiting licensed premises across the city offering advice and guidance on how to spot and prevent proxy sales to under 18s.

Chief Inspector David Happs from St Leonard's Police Station said: "We are committed to keeping young people in our community safe from harm. The 'Don't Ask For It' campaign raises awareness of underage drinking and the consequences.

Alcohol can put young people in situations which increase the risk to their safety. In addition, many incidents of youth-related anti-social behaviour we respond to come as a result of those involved being under the influence of alcohol.

We want young people to make positive life choices and I believe we all have a duty to support them and work together to achieve this.

“I would urge parents and guardians of all young people to discuss the dangers associated with underage drinking with their children."

Here are some tips on how to prevent a proxy sale:

- If you see an adult in your shop asking the child what alcohol they want, or if the child’s behaviour suggests the alcohol is for them, then you should refuse the sale.

- Try as far as possible to monitor what is happening outside your store - especially young people hanging around. If you see what looks like an adult being asked to buy alcohol by a young person or group of young people, then you should refuse the sale to that person.

- If it appears that one member of the group is purchasing alcohol for the whole group, you should ask the whole group for identification to prove their age. Unless they all have identification to prove their age you should refuse to serve them.

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A vital part of the CAP’s work has been engaging with young people, getting them involved in the campaign and building their trust. The CAP held engagement nights with local young people to discuss the issue of underage drinking and anti-social behaviour. They told us there was nothing for them to do – the community centre had no funding, access to the sports field had been cut off and there were very few facilities for young people. So far CAP has held community events, reopened access to the sports field, cleared the discussed BMX track and held street art sessions. Working hard to engage with this traditionally difficult-to-reach group has been key to our success.

Scott Adams
Cumbria Constabulary

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