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Police launch blitz on fake IDs

 
Created on 25/04/2022 @ 09:03


Dyfed-Powys Police is working with local authorities to clamp down on the use of fake ID across the force area, including Welshpool.

The force is teaming up with licensed premises, local authorities and school liaison officers to tackle their use which is seeing underage drinkers on the rise across the area.

The police have also warned that using someone else’s ID amounts to identity theft which could lead to a prison sentence under the Fraud Act 2006 or under the Forgery and Counterfeiting Act 1981.

Louise Bradshaw, a licensing officer, said: “Some of the fake IDs being produced are very good fake driving licences and 16 or 17-year-olds are using these to gain entry into premises. These are often purchased online so it’s important that parents have an awareness and have conversations about what their children are doing online.

“Licensed premises do not have the power to seize fake ID, nevertheless, they must uphold certain objectives under the Licensing Act, namely protection of children from harm, prevention of crime and disorder, public nuisance and public safety.

“However, we all have a duty of care to protect children from harm and ensure they don’t become victims of crime or find themselves in situations where they’re vulnerable.

“We will continue to work with schools, colleges and communities across the force area to inform teachers, parents and young people of the risk and consequences that using fake ID can have. Licensed premises will continue to do what they can, and we encourage them to report incidents, but parents, teachers, siblings and friends all have a part to play.”

Anyone with information about the use of fake ID is asked to report it to Dyfed-Powys Police, either online at: https://bit.ly/DPPContactOnline, by emailing101@dyfed-powys.police.uk, or by calling 101. If you are deaf, hard of hearing, or speech impaired text the non-emergency number on 07811 311 908.

Alternatively, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously by calling 0800 555111, or visiting crimestoppers-uk.org.

 

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