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VOLUNTARY PROOF OF AGE SCHEME STARTS IN CARMARTHENSHIRE

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A proof of age card scheme, which will ensure that age restricted products are only sold to those legally entitled ...
A proof of age card scheme, which will ensure that age restricted products are only sold to those legally entitled to buy them, will be launched later this month by Carmarthenshire CC, Dyfed-Powys Police and Dyfed-Powys Drug and Alcohol Action Team, who are working in partnership to encourage the county's 16-18 year olds to carry the bilingual plastic card.

Validate UK is a national voluntary proof of age scheme which can help those who may look younger than they are to prove their age. It will also assist businesses, especially shop assistants, licensees and bar staff to determine the age of the customer that is trying to buy products such as cigarettes, national lottery tickets, fireworks and alcohol.

Meryl Gravell, leader of Carmarthenshire CC, said, 'I would encourage all of you who are 16 to 18 years old to sign up to this fantastic scheme.'

Young people who apply for a card will have their age checked through their school or college records and will then be supplied with a bilingual plastic card bearing a photograph, signature, hologram and a security overlay. The card is yellow and blue so as to be instantly recognisable and there will be a small charge of£2 per card.

Chief superintendent of the Carmarthenshire division, Aldwyn Jones, said: 'In setting up this scheme it will be a significant help to those staff who work in premises that sell age restricted goods, such as the National Lottery, cigarettes and alcohol. Police must also warn adults who buy alcohol for youngsters that anyone buying alcohol for under-age drinkers will be prosecuted.'

Carmarthenshire CC, Dyfed-Powys Police and Dyfed-Powys Drug and Alcohol Action Team are currently working on incentives, such as discounts when using leisure facilities, for those who apply for the card. Llanelli RFC has already agreed that anyone who has a Validate UK card is entitled to a 5% discount in their club shop.

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