PRESS RELEASES

50-17 POLICE TACKLE UNDERAGE DRINKING

During the course of the night of Friday 24th March, Royal Gibraltar Police officers have once again been busy with OP Tawny ll, the Royal Gibraltar Police’s ongoing banner operation tackling under age drinking.

During the course of the night a total of 6 youngsters had alcoholic beverages confiscated and disposed of by Police officers.

Three females aged 13 and 14 years old were found with a bottle of Disaronno at Fishmarket Road.  This was confiscated and the parents of all three individuals were contacted and informed.

A 16 year old male was found with a 2 litre bottle of a concoction of a soft drink and Cider at Line Wall Road.  The beverage was confiscated and the parents were contacted and informed.

A 17 year old female was found in possession of a bottle of Vodka in Main Street.  The Vodka was confiscated and her parents contacted and informed.

A 16 year old female was found in possession of a bottle Vodka within the ICC carpark.  The Vodka was confiscated and the parents informed.

The RGP wishes to highlight its commitment to tackling underage drinking.  Current legislation, The Children and Young Persons (Alcohol, Tobacco and Gaming) Act 2011, provides for youths over 16 years of age, and under 18 years of age, to be able to drink beverages containing certain levels of Alcohol in certain circumstance, however, the RGP will be strict in the application of this legislation and will continue to act when alcohol is consumed by youngsters in contravention of these provisions.

Whilst, the intention is to safeguard youngsters rather than criminalize them, the RGP will actively seek to identify and robustly deal with those procuring, or selling Alcohol to youngsters in contravention of the provisions of the Act.  The RGP also wishes to bring to the attention of retailers and all would be procurers of alcohol for youngsters that in addition to their legal obligations, they also have a moral responsibility towards our youth. 

Additionally, we wish to reassure parents that as an organisation the Royal Gibraltar Police shall afford them, and their children, our full support.  We encourage parents to converse and interact with their children and remain aware of their children’s social activities.