MEMBERS of the public who buy alcohol for underage drinkers are being warned they face the strong arm of the law.
The warning comes from Solihull police who say those who do so could face prosecution and the possibility of getting a criminal record.
The call comes after an incident last Friday evening involving a group of 13-year-old girls in the Hobs Moat area of Solihull who 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 purchased 12 bottles of Carling lager, a 1.5 litre bottle of Vodka and a 1 litre bottle of Vodka.
As he came out of the shop, he allegedly handed a bag of drinks to the group of girls.
Police apprehended the man and spoke to him and he was reported for the alleged offence.
The man, who has not been named, is now due to appear at Solihull Magistrates Court in the next month charged with the offence of purchasing 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.
Solihull Police say they are aware of youths approaching adults in order to puchase alcohol from local shops and say the problem is borough wide.
Officers believe this is probably due to licensees at shops following the law and not selling to underage youths with youngsters then attempting to get other people to buy alcohol for them.
Police Constable Tim Evans, of Winchcombe Road Neighbourhood Team in Solihull, said: “In an attempt to reduce anti social behaviour, disorder and crime, Solihull Police work hard in partnership with Solihull Council and our licensees to stop children buying alcohol. This work is undermined by members of the public 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.
*Pictured are Pc Nicola Brogan and Pc Tim Evans