Village shops raise booze age limit to cut bad behaviour

SHOPS in a Hampshire village have raised the age limit for buying booze to 25 at weekends in a bid to cut anti-social behaviour.

Most of the Stubbington's stores and off licences signed up to the pilot project, which started last week.

For the next six months, between 6pm on Thursdays and the end of trading on Sunday evenings those in their late teens and early twenties will be unable to buy any sort of alcohol from several.

They can still buy drink in the village's pubs.

The scheme has been introduced at the request of police, who say they can confiscate anywhere up to 1,000 bottles and cans from youngsters in a week, and are determined to stamp out underage drinking in the area.

Drunken youngsters congregating in the village centre have been blamed for heaping misery on residents, and officers say they think young adults are responsible for buying minors their booze.

Crofton News and Booze in Gosport Road is one of the shops to sign up to the initiative.

A spokeswoman told the Daily Echo the early indications are that the scheme was popular in the village.

The scheme is due to be reviewed after six weeks.

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7:20am Mon 20 Oct 08

Bill Loney says...

So they just plan ahead and buy their alcohol Mon - Wed... fail!

Here's a radical solution - policing!
So they just plan ahead and buy their alcohol Mon - Wed... fail! Here's a radical solution - policing! Bill Loney

9:19am Mon 20 Oct 08

Lone Ranger says...

Why does it always come down to policing?

What about PARENTING ???
Why does it always come down to policing? What about PARENTING ??? Lone Ranger

10:12am Mon 20 Oct 08

Gilmore says...

It's because young people have nothing else to do...

What about an ice rink?

(sorry, I don't really believe that, but it has been a while)
It's because young people have nothing else to do... What about an ice rink? (sorry, I don't really believe that, but it has been a while) Gilmore

11:30am Mon 20 Oct 08

Bright Spark says...

The shopkeepers simply do not practice what they preach in Stubbington, selling booze to adolescents is good business for them. Not once have I been asked for proof that I am over 25 in the off licence, or any other shops in the village.
The shopkeepers simply do not practice what they preach in Stubbington, selling booze to adolescents is good business for them. Not once have I been asked for proof that I am over 25 in the off licence, or any other shops in the village. Bright Spark

12:14pm Mon 20 Oct 08

gorf says...

dur

will just buy it on a weekday?

this is rubbish!!
dur will just buy it on a weekday? this is rubbish!! gorf

12:50pm Mon 20 Oct 08

louise123 says...

its not always the young people under 25 buying drink. a lot of the time its older people buying it for them. and also its not alway the younger ones in trouble go to the general at night you will see 45/60 years olds out of there heads so stop blaiming all the kids. im 43 and have my eyes fully open!!
its not always the young people under 25 buying drink. a lot of the time its older people buying it for them. and also its not alway the younger ones in trouble go to the general at night you will see 45/60 years olds out of there heads so stop blaiming all the kids. im 43 and have my eyes fully open!! louise123

12:59pm Mon 20 Oct 08

mr.southampton says...

25 seems a bit ridiculous, at 25 you could be a Doctor, Police Officer or have any kind of job with lots of responsibility yet, you can't pick up a bottle of wine on your way home from work.

A blanket ban seems like rather a lazy way of dealing with the issue, why doesn't someone in the community try to tackle the cause of the problems?
25 seems a bit ridiculous, at 25 you could be a Doctor, Police Officer or have any kind of job with lots of responsibility yet, you can't pick up a bottle of wine on your way home from work. A blanket ban seems like rather a lazy way of dealing with the issue, why doesn't someone in the community try to tackle the cause of the problems? mr.southampton

2:29pm Mon 20 Oct 08

sausage monkey says...

Bloody hell!! This isn’t fair at all, I work hard all week, pay my taxes, vote and get wasted every Saturday … and now I can’t buy a bottle of vodka, rubbish this is!
Bloody hell!! This isn’t fair at all, I work hard all week, pay my taxes, vote and get wasted every Saturday … and now I can’t buy a bottle of vodka, rubbish this is! sausage monkey

3:21pm Mon 20 Oct 08

Denzil says...

Even the thickest kids in this horrible little skate village are clever enough to buy beers on Mondays - Wednesdays. Even if they don't I suspect their vile parents will buy beer for them.
Even the thickest kids in this horrible little skate village are clever enough to buy beers on Mondays - Wednesdays. Even if they don't I suspect their vile parents will buy beer for them. Denzil

4:48pm Mon 20 Oct 08

Bright Spark says...

What day is it ... Monday? I'm off down to Threshers in that case, better stock up for the weekend.
What day is it ... Monday? I'm off down to Threshers in that case, better stock up for the weekend. Bright Spark
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