Have the bottle to say no – police spread the word on under-age boozers

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PAVEMENT ‘graffiti’ spotted in town centres is part of a radical bid to cut down on boozing and anti-social behaviour.

Locals have been left baffled by messages sprayed on to pavements such as this slogan in Townhead, Kirkintilloch (pictured).

The stencilled message is actually part of a new Strathclyde Police crackdown which is currently underway.

They want people to have the bottle to say no when asked to buy alcohol for young people.

Police have warned there will be “zero tolerance” for licensed premises who flout the law.

The four-week blitz against the booze involves officers continuing to visit licensed premises to deter under-age purchase and to offer advice, support and reassurance to staff.

Shop workers will be reminded not to sell alcohol to anyone who is already drunk and to be aware that some purchases are being made for under-age drinkers.

The main aim is to reduce the amount of booze getting into the hands of under-age youngsters.

A spokesperson for the community safety department at Kirkintilloch Police Office said: “Alcohol plays a large part in anti-social behaviour and violent crime, and this in turn affects our communities.

“There will be zero tolerance for licensed premises selling alcohol to those under-age and people purchasing alcohol on behalf of under-age youths during this campaign, which seeks to reduce the impact of alcohol on our communities and keep people safe.”

Last month a 17-year-old was caught trying to buy alcohol with another person’s ID in Auchinairn Road, Bishopbriggs.

And in a separate incident, two 14-year-olds were caught drinking in Torr Road, Bishopbriggs.

Police stress that, over the past five years, there has been a significant reduction in the number of anti-social behaviour incidents, such as youth disorder, but more needs to be done.

The current campaign is aimed directly at local people, asking them to help police.

It involves the street stencils, advertising and posters in schools.

Strathclyde Police have confirmed that the stencils are part of the campaign and use soluble materials which will eventually wash away.

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