Police to target wild youth

COFFS/CLARENCE police are doing all they can to reduce youth alcohol-related crime and anti-social behaviour.

They are running the Your Choice program, which helps to divert youths from the criminal justice system.

“When a person who is under the age of 18 is detected by police either in possession of or consuming liquor, the young person is given the choice of receiving an infringement notice, or attending the Your Choice education night,” a police spokesman said.

“We have had good feedback from course participants over the summer period.

“Most find the program positive and worthwhile as it addresses the social impact alcohol has on individuals and families.”

The most recent education night was held at the Coffs Harbour PCYC on Monday, when 18 young people attended with their parents.

The program was presented by police in partnership with the PCYC and John Black from the Ted Noffs Foundation.

Participants learned about alcohol misuse and abuse, the consequences of beach parties and the cost to the community, and safe party tips.

  • In other news, a youth, 17, recently attended a licensed venue in Coffs Harbour and presented a learner driver's licence with an altered birth date.

Security officers called police and the teenager was refused entry. He was fined $621.

“This is a timely reminder by police to members of the community that staff at licensed premises are trained to identify fake identification,” the spokesman said.

“Those who produce altered driver's licences will be the subject of such fines.”

  • THIEVES stole a wallet from an unlocked Toyota Hilux in Gillies Close, Coffs Harbour, overnight on Tuesday.

In other news, intruders grabbed a handbag from a Commodore on the Pacific Highway in Coffs Harbour between 11.30am and 12.30pm yesterday.

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