AROUND 700 young people have been caught this year trying to get into Sheffield’s pubs and clubs with fake ID this year.
Passports, birth certificates and driving licences belonging to older people were spotted by door staff, who reported the youngsters to South Yorkshire Police.
Offenders have been taking part in ‘restorative justice’ workshops to educate them about the potential consequences of them breaking the law without them receiving a criminal record.
Pubs and clubs have joined forces with police in a bid to crackdown on under-age drinking and hopefully reduce levels of alcohol-fuelled crime and disorder.
And the Sheffield approach is be emulated across the country.
PC Matthew Burdett, of the City Centre Safer Neighbourhood Team, said: “The Home Office found out about what we are doing here in Sheffield and is now rolling this out as good practice across the country. We are using restorative justice as a way of dealing with people we find with fake ID because we don’t want to criminalise young people.
“Instead we want to educate them about the consequences of their actions – not only personally in terms of what having a criminal conviction will mean for them in the future when they apply for jobs, but the impact their actions can have on bars and clubs.
“If a premise is found with under-age customers in we can apply for a 48 hour closure and a review of the licence and ultimately they could be forced to close – costing people their livelihoods.
“Our hope is that not only will the workshops we run be rolled out across South Yorkshire, but we would like to see them being run in schools to get the message across to young people before they start attempting to get into bars and clubs.”