A MAJOR clampdown has been launched on young drinkers using fake and borrowed IDs to get into pubs and clubs.
As schools break up this week, police, council licensing officers and licensees have joined forces under the Safer Solihull Partnership to confiscate IDs not believed to be genuine. And they’re warning that anyone caught will face prosecution.
Masons Arms licensee and Solihull Pubwatch spokespeman Ryan Pallett said: “We’re seeing more cases of teenagers using fake ID or passports and driving licenses they’ve borrowed from older brothers and sisters or friends.
“We want to warn teenagers not to try and fool door staff – they are now much more vigorous in checking ID and the consequences of using fake ID are serious.”
PC John Whelan from the town centre police team added: “Attempting to enter a premises with fake ID is an offence and people could be arrested. Not only will the documents be seized, the passports and driving licences will be returned to the relevant agencies and criminal prosecutions may follow.
“That means the person whose passport has been borrowed from could find themselves without it for their holiday, while the owners of driving licences will have to pay for new documents.”