PEOPLE who buy alcohol for underage drinkers face the possibility of getting a criminal record.
That’s the warning from Solihull police after a group of 13-year-old girls in the Hobs Moat approached an 18 year old man and allegedly asked him to buy alcohol for them.
Shortly afterwards, the man entered off licence Simply Drinks along Hobs Moat Road and bought 12 bottles of Carling lager and two bottles large of vodka.
As he came out, he allegedly handed the booze to the girls. Police spoke to the man and he was reported for the alleged offence.
The teenager, who has not been named, is due to appear before Solihull magistrates in the next month charged with buying alcohol on behalf of a person under 18 years of age contrary to section 149(3) (a) and 7(b) of the Licensing Act 2003.
The alcohol was later seized and destroyed by officers.
Police say they are aware of youths approaching adults in Solihull to buy alcohol and believe the problem is borough wide.
They say this is probably due to licensees following the law and not selling to underage youths with youngsters then attempting to get other people to buy alcohol for them.
PC Tim Evans, of Winchcombe Road neighbourhood team said: “In an attempt to reduce anti social behaviour, we work hard in partnership with the Council and our licensees to stop children buying alcohol.
This work is being undermined by people who supply children with alcohol and they must be aware that if they are caught they will face prosecution.”
He added shopkeepers and licensees also face prosecution if they are found to be aware of the nature of a sale to underage drinkers.