Man fined for supplying alcohol to teens

By RENEE REDMOND

rredmond@northernstar.com.au

AN Alstonville man who was caught supplying alcohol to a minor in Lennox Head on Friday night has been fined $1100.

The 18-year-old man was fined after he supplied alcohol to a 15-year-old boy.

The police have adopted a high visibility approach at Lennox Head after a teen riot almost two weeks ago.

The riot followed a birthday party, which was gatecrashed by a mob of teenagers who later ran amok through the village.

Richmond Local Area Command duty officer Inspector Tony Crandell said police would target people supplying youths with alcohol.

"We hope this is one of only a few people engaged in this activity," he said.

"Any secondary suppliers of alcohol to minors will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law."

Insp Crandell said police were working closely with Ballina Shire Council and local licensees at Lennox Head to find a long-term solution.

"It involves the entire community. Supplying to a minor is not only illegal but it's a health issue as well," he said.

Insp Crandell said supplying liquor to a minor and obtaining liquor on behalf of a minor could attract a fine of $550 for each offence.



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