POLICE are planning a blitz on South Tyneside youngsters using fake IDs to get into bars.
As part of a crackdown on underage drinking across the North East, officers have found that teens from the borough are using fake documents to get into watering holes in Sunderland city centre.
Pubs and clubs in the city have been confiscating any fake IDs they are presented with, and handing them to police.
The items seized include original passports, and driving licences that have been altered, and officers are warning anyone found with forged documents face a police investigation. That also includes anyone found using someone else’s passport or driving licence.
South Tyneside Chief Inspector Brian Walker said: “It may be most young people might not realise what they’re doing is a crime, and we want to warn them they could find themselves arrested if they’re caught.
“If they’re altering official documents, such as a passport, they’re not just breaking the law, but when it is confiscated they will have the expense of getting a new passport, as well as having to explain to their family.
“Not only that, anyone lending their passport or other ID to someone else will find it gets confiscated and destroyed.”
Whenever altered documents and passports are seized by police they will be will be cut up and sent to the Passport Office to be destroyed.
Sunderland Neighbourhood Inspector Mick Hall, said: “Breaking the law and using fake ID is a big price to pay just to get served at a bar.
“We warn under-18s planning a night out in Sunderland city centre, we’re working with licensed premises to crack down on underage drinking.
“Using fake ID is a serious offence, and anyone using it will have it confiscated and destroyed.”