Ten teenagers banned from town centre as council cracks down on under-age drinking

Ten young people have had fake proofs of identity confiscated and been banned from licensed premises in Romford until they turn 19.

In April, Havering Council launched a new scheme to tackle under-age drinking in Romford town centre.

The crackdown targeted anyone aged 16 to 17 who may have been drinking and was behaving or were likely to behave in a rowdy, intimidating or antisocial way in public.

It meant that anyone caught using fake ID would have it seized by police and could be banned from the town centre until they were 19. Police would also take their parents’ contact details.

Troublemakers on the streets under the influence of alcohol are given yellow cards and banned from the town centre for up to 48 hours.

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The five girls and five boys banned from all bars, pubs and clubs in the town were all aged 16 or 17.

In addition, the police have issued 138 yellow cards and a total of 154 people have now been banned from the town centre – 84 of whom were from outside the borough.

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The two new schemes were backed by London Mayor Boris Johnson at the launch. Since then, all of Romford’s 16 licensed premises have signed up to the scheme.

Cllr Geoff Starns, cabinet member for community safety, said: “These schemes have gone from strength to strength.

“We are continuing to ban troublemakers who come to Romford, to issue yellow cards and to confiscate fake ID.

“What we have noticed is fewer Havering residents are being banned and we are increasingly banning more people from outside the borough.

“So our younger residents are getting the message – they are coming to Romford just to have fun.

“We now hope the word spreads further afield, so people know they can come to Romford and enjoy a night out – but must do so responsibly.”

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