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Council to ban under-age drinkers until 19

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Teenagers in a London borough who use fake ID to drink under age face being banned from local pubs and clubs until they are 19.

In a separate move, police are handing out ‘yellow cards’ – a written direction to leave the area under the Violent Crime Reduction Act – to drunk troublemakers who are then temporarily banned and removed from the town centre.

The schemes are part of a drive by Havering LBC to reduce alcohol-related disorder in Romford, particularly at night. Young people suspected of using fake or borrowed ID and reported to the police could now be banned from town centre venues until they are 19.

The ‘yellow card’ tactic is aimed at anyone aged 16 or over who may have been drinking under age or behaving in an antisocial way. The teenagers will be told how long they are banned from the town centre. They will also be photographed, given a route to leave the area and followed by CCTV. Failure to comply is an offence.

Havering’s leader Michael White (Con), said: “We are experiencing a rise in the use of fake ID by teenagers attempting to gain entry to Romford’s popular bars and clubs. Alcohol in young hands can be a recipe for trouble.

“Our message to young people is if you are caught out, you’ll be kept out of Romford until you are 19.”  

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