Welcome to Community Alcohol Partnerships

An essential part of CAP involves enforcement of the laws relating to young people and alcohol including purchase of alcohol by under 18s, sale to under 18s, drinking by under 18s in public places and proxy or agent purchase.


Young people

Police and Trading Standards make regular patrols looking for under 18s drinking in public. Where such persons are found, alcohol is confiscated and parents informed. Where the young person is intoxicated, the guardian is called to collect the child or he/she will be taken home in a police vehicle.

Proxy purchasers

Proxy-purchase-ALCOHOL-CARD-Stanley-1It is an offence to purchase alcohol on behalf of someone who is under 18 - known as “proxy purchase” or “agent purchase” in Scotland. Those who commit the offence are liable to a £90 Penalty Notice. CAP encourages retailers to display notices warning against proxy purchase and to inform police and/or Trading Standards of any instances of adults who may be buying alcohol for young people.

Retailers/Licensees

CAP provides retailers and licensees with support, training and materials to help them avoid making underage sales. Where there is suspicion that underage sales are taking place, the retailer or licensee will be invited to review their systems and staff training.

CAP acts as a great catalyst to broaden community safety partnership working. The involvement of retailers and others to take personal responsibility for their communities can introduce different thinking and innovation to effectively resolve local issues that impact adversely on people’s lives.

Chief Inspector David Pennings
Northamptonshire Police

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