Durham Police seize alcohol from youths

Image caption, The alcohol was taken from 14 and 15-year-olds

Police have confiscated alcohol from youngsters during a crackdown in a County Durham suburb.

The move follows dozens of complaints from Belmont residents about the anti-social behaviour of gangs of youths.

During a patrol over the weekend, 32 cans of lager and cider were taken from eight 14 and 15-year-olds.

The teenagers were interviewed by staff from the Youth Offending Service, before their parents were contacted and asked to pick them up.

A Durham Police spokesman said that the parents were "on the whole very supportive".

He said: "None had any clue where their sons and daughters had gone that night and were shocked to discover they had been drinking in public."

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