Leave passports at home, clubbers told

Insp Steve Bell, of Fleetwood Police.

Insp Steve Bell, of Fleetwood Police.

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Young people across the Fylde coast are putting valuable documents like passports and driving licenses at risk when they use them as ID at night clubs, police said today.

But a new scheme launched this summer could solve the issue.

The Proof of Age Standards Scheme (PASS) is a national identity card scheme which is endorsed by the Home Office, the Association of Chief Police Officers, the Security Industry Authority and the Trading Standards Institute.

Now police in Lancashire are appealing to young people across the county to leave their valuable passports and driving licences at home, and carry a PASS card to prove their age instead.

Fleetwood Inspector Steve Bell (pictured) is backing the scheme.

He said: “This is a recognised scheme which we are supporting, and by taking part young people will not be at risk of losing their valuable documents.

“And these cards are recognised in the night-time pub and club industries, so they are just as effective.”

If items such as passports or driving licenses are lost, 
not only does it cost large amounts of money to replace them, but criminals may try to use them illegally.

Police officers across Lancashire are also promoting the PASS scheme as part 
of an alcohol harm initiative, which is seeing police forces across the country patrolling drinking 
hotspots as the college and university fresher’s 
season gets under way.

PASS has also been launched to combat fake proof-of-age cards, which were becoming a problem.

Chief Inspector Eddie Newton, deputy strategic lead for alcohol harm reduction for Lancashire Police said: “The impact of alcohol harm on public services 
costs, in Lancashire, around £634m a year, and accounts 
for 10 per cent of all crime, which Lancashire Police is committed to reducing.

“The new Proof of Age Standards Scheme is a major step forward in the prevention of alcohol misuse and associated anti-social behaviour by underage drinkers.” For further information about a PASS card please go to www.pass-scheme.org.uk