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Cash rewards of up to £1,000 are on offer from Crimestoppers for information leading to the arrest and charge of those selling alcohol to young people under 18 and proxy sales of alcohol by adults for young people under 18.
In a crack down on underage drinking in Great Yarmouth, as part of work by the Community Alcohol Partnership (CAP) of which Norfolk Constabulary is a part of, the independent charity Crimestoppers want people to tell them what they know about illegal alcohol sales.
Ann Scott, Eastern Regional Manager for Crimestoppers, is urging anyone with information, to call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or www.crimestoppers-uk.org
She said: "We appreciate that not everyone feels comfortable going to the police or Trading Standards about underage and proxy sales of alcohol. Calls to the Crimestoppers? phone number 0800 555 111 or information given through the website are 100% anonymous.
We never ask for your name and no personal information is taken. We do not record our calls and do not trace calls or IP addresses. In the 24 years that the charity has been running we have never revealed anyone's identity."
The call for information is in support of the newly established Community Alcohol Partnership which was launched in South Yarmouth last month by Baroness Newlove and Eric Pickles MP.
James Joyce, Chair of Norfolk Crimestoppers, said; "Underage drinking can not only have serious health implications for young people, it can leave them vulnerable and often a major contributory factor to anti-social behaviour which impacts all members of the community. Many do not realise that buying alcohol on behalf of a young person can result in fine of up to £5000."
Only calls made to 0800 555 111 will be eligible for a reward. Those giving information given via the website cannot claim a reward.