TEENAGERS are wanted to help crack down on under age purchases in Wirral.
Volunteers aged 14-16 are needed to take part in test purchasing operations throughout the borough.
They will assist in checking whether licensed premises are abiding by laws governing the sales of alcohol, cigarettes and fireworks.
Premises suspected of trading illegally by selling restricted products to youngsters will be particularly focused on.
Cllr Brian Kenny, cabinet member for the environment and sustainability said: “We are looking for enthusiastic young people who want the chance to get some work experience, as well as learn about the licensing laws and see firsthand how Wirral Council’s Trading Standards tackle the illegal sale of products like alcohol and cigarettes.
“Underage sales is an area that we know the public are really concerned about, linking as it does to such problems as anti-social behaviour and public health.”
Volunteers will receive a £10 “Love to Shop” voucher which is redeemable at dozens of high street outlets.
They will also receive a reference and a certificate of achievement.
Volunteers will be trained, and will be accompanied by an officer from Trading Standards at all times.
Parental or guardian consent is required prior to taking part.
Email tradingstandards @wirral.gov.uk, or call 0151 691 8366.