Corby crackdown to stop people buying booze for under-18s

Participating retailers include Sainsburys at Priors Hall, Tesco Extra on Charter Court and Euro Express in Corby town centre

Tuesday, 30th March 2021, 11:01 am
Updated Tuesday, 30th March 2021, 11:11 am
It is hoped the crackdown will make people think twice before buying alcohol for under-18s

Corby Council’s Safer Corby Team is undertaking a public awareness campaign in the run-up to Easter about the consequences of buying alcohol for under-18s.

Proxy purchasing is when an adult attempts to buy age restricted products on behalf of an underage person.

This can include alcohol or tobacco.

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The current legal age in the UK to buy alcohol is 18.

Retailers found to be supplying alcohol to minors, including via proxy purchases, could face a fine and/or have their license removed.

Participating retailers include Sainsburys at Priors Hall, Tesco Extra on Charter Court and Euro Express in Corby town centre.

Neighbourhood wardens will be circulating posters to remind customers of the legal consequences of buying alcohol for a minor.

Current penalties are a £90 on the spot fine or a criminal record and unlimited fine.

Stencilling will also take place outside certain stores as a visual reminder to all customers during the week of March 29.

The campaign is part of a yearly programme delivered by the Safer Corby Team, aimed at raising awareness of the wider health and social impact of alcohol misuse.

The work is supported by the Community Alcohol Partnership, a national organisation aimed at developing a multi-agency approach to tackle under-age drinking across the UK.

For further information about the Safer Corby Team, visit their social media sites across Twitter, Facebook and Instagram @SaferCorby.

If you’re worried about yours or someone else’s drinking habits, visit Alcohol Change UK at for advice and support or call Drinkline, a free, confidential service on 0300 1231110.

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