Rise of fake IDs in Warrington town centre

Warrington Guardian: PC Dan Gee and Sinead Dooley from Pubwatch PC Dan Gee and Sinead Dooley from Pubwatch

THERE is an increasing problem of underage drinkers using fake ID in the town centre, according to police.

Officers say more youngsters are being caught using other people’s driving licences and passports, or fake identification, in an attempt to get into pubs on Bridge Street.

PC Dan Gee, from Warrington Town Centre NPU, said police, Warrington Borough Council and pub owners are working hard to tackle the problem.

He warned underage drinkers to stay away and said many do not realise they can be prosecuted for fraud.

PC Gee said: “It's a criminal offence to use, lend or allow the use of your own or anothers driving licence or passport with intent to deceive.

“It is also an offence to alter these documents.

“We want young people to realise it's not worth putting your future at risk.”

Since police started working with the council in 2012, 71 youngsters have been invited to a police station, and 116 driving licences and passports have been returned.

A proactive approach has seen 178 pub staff trained, and 880 school children spoken to.

Sinead Dooley is chairman of Pubwatch, the group of landlords on Bridge Street, who work alongside police.

She said bars are clamping down on underage drinking.

“Nine times out of 10 our door staff spot ID being wrongly used, and our bar staff are told to ask as well,” said Mrs Dooley.

“I don’t think underage drinkers are aware of the implications if they try it.

“Our bar staff can also be prosecuted, which is why we’re so hard on it.”

A council spokesman said: "Warrington Borough Council works very closely with the trade and the police to increase awareness of the dangers of under-age drinking and the risks of using fake ID.

We impose conditions on licences to ensure that controls are in place at each premise and we provide free training sessions for the trade on how to spot fake ID.”

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1:27pm Fri 13 Dec 13

Geordie1970 says...

All of my daughters friends use other peoples passports and driving licences in town. I looked at a few of them the other week and not one of them looked like the person they had borrowed the ID from.

The only person who had trouble getting in anywhere was my daughter who had her own ID as she is 18.
All of my daughters friends use other peoples passports and driving licences in town. I looked at a few of them the other week and not one of them looked like the person they had borrowed the ID from. The only person who had trouble getting in anywhere was my daughter who had her own ID as she is 18. Geordie1970

3:06pm Fri 13 Dec 13

Karlar says...

Geordie1970 wrote:
All of my daughters friends use other peoples passports and driving licences in town. I looked at a few of them the other week and not one of them looked like the person they had borrowed the ID from.

The only person who had trouble getting in anywhere was my daughter who had her own ID as she is 18.
It's one thing to joke about the inadequacies of the system. But quite another to ignore the possible consequences to young people you know deliberately bypassing it at their peril.
The Police said “It's a criminal offence to use, lend or allow the use of your own or anothers driving licence or passport with intent to deceive." for good reason.
No doubt you would be amongst first to complain if someone (young) close to you were to suffer the consequences of under age drinking.
[quote][p][bold]Geordie1970[/bold] wrote: All of my daughters friends use other peoples passports and driving licences in town. I looked at a few of them the other week and not one of them looked like the person they had borrowed the ID from. The only person who had trouble getting in anywhere was my daughter who had her own ID as she is 18.[/p][/quote]It's one thing to joke about the inadequacies of the system. But quite another to ignore the possible consequences to young people you know deliberately bypassing it at their peril. The Police said “It's a criminal offence to use, lend or allow the use of your own or anothers driving licence or passport with intent to deceive." for good reason. No doubt you would be amongst first to complain if someone (young) close to you were to suffer the consequences of under age drinking. Karlar

3:39pm Fri 13 Dec 13

Nick Tessla says...

I am pretty sure my id is genuine - not too sure about my ego and superego.

;-)
I am pretty sure my id is genuine - not too sure about my ego and superego. ;-) Nick Tessla

7:03pm Sat 14 Dec 13

SAC_in_Warrington says...

Geordie1970 wrote:
All of my daughters friends use other peoples passports and driving licences in town. I looked at a few of them the other week and not one of them looked like the person they had borrowed the ID from.

The only person who had trouble getting in anywhere was my daughter who had her own ID as she is 18.
You should be raising the issue with the Children's parents or refer them anonymously to Crime Stoppers on 0800 555 111 if they continue to break the law.
[quote][p][bold]Geordie1970[/bold] wrote: All of my daughters friends use other peoples passports and driving licences in town. I looked at a few of them the other week and not one of them looked like the person they had borrowed the ID from. The only person who had trouble getting in anywhere was my daughter who had her own ID as she is 18.[/p][/quote]You should be raising the issue with the Children's parents or refer them anonymously to Crime Stoppers on 0800 555 111 if they continue to break the law. SAC_in_Warrington

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