Alcohol seized from underage drinkers at carnivals to be raffled off to raise cash for local charities

Unopened alcohol seized by police from youngsters at carnivals in Sidmouth, Seaton and Colyton is to be raffled off. The cash will benefit six local charities.

Sergeant Andy Squires, of the Rural East Devon Neighbourhood Team, said a similar gesture last year raised more than £1,000 for local good causes.

“Over the last few years, police in East Devon have become heavily committed with very drunk, very ill and therefore very vulnerable underage youths on carnival nights. This has often lead to increased anti social behaviour and criminal damage during the late evening,” he wrote on Facebook.

“To try and combat this Sidmouth and Seaton Neighbourhood Police Teams mount an operation to seize alcohol from underage youths early in the evening, and we have done this for some years now with a great deal of success. The previously encountered problems have significantly reduced year on year.”

150 bottles and cans of alcohol confiscated

Sergeant Squires, who praised the politeness of the young people officers encountered during the operations, added: “For the first time, last year we donated the seized alcohol to the Sid Valley Food Bank who, in turn, co-ordinated it to be raffled off raising over £1,000 for local charities.

This year we have ‘gathered’ approximately 150 unopened cans and bottles of cider, lager and spirits – mainly from Sidmouth, Seaton and Colyton carnivals.”

Highlighting the co-operation police received from youngsters, Sergeant Squires stated: “I have to say that the vast majority of young people we seized it from were polite, co-operative and genuinely supportive when told what would happen to it. I’m sure they thanked us the next morning as well!”

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