Alcohol and Tobacco Seizures

Section 12 of the Criminal Justice and Police Act 2002 states that if a Police Officer reasonably believes that a person is, or has been, consuming alcohol in a designated public place or intends to consume alcohol in such a place, the Officer may require the person concerned to surrender any alcohol in their possession.

Where young people under the age of 18 are consuming alcohol, Section 1 of the Confiscation of Alcohol (Young Persons) Act 1997 states that if a Police Officer, reasonably suspects that a person in a relevant place is in possession of alcohol and that they are under the age of 18, the Officer may require the person concerned to surrender alcohol in their possession.

In both cases, an Officer may dispose of anything surrendered to them in such a manner that they think fit.

Under the Children and Young Persons Act 1933, Police officers have the power to seize tobacco from young people under 16 and to dispose of that tobacco.

Under the Police Reform Act 2002, Police Community Support Officers may also have the power to confiscate alcohol and tobacco, under circumstances as defined by the Chief Constable.

New recording processes have been introduced in relation to the use of this power. We will be able to present this information to you soon.