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The city of Durham has won a national pub watch award for reducing the level of anti-social alcohol-related behaviour.
The annual Diageo National Pubwatch Award rewards local schemes that create and promote safer drinking environments.
Durham's scheme was praised for its work with local police and promoting responsible management of pubs and clubs, which has led to a 15% fall in alcohol-related disorder over the past year.
The city's scheme was hailed as a "shining example" for stepping "well beyond the expectations of a normal scheme".
Durham Police, which regularly carries out operations to find under-age drinkers, says those involved are getting younger:
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Officers in Cramlington and Blyth have been working to identify premises selling alcohol to children, to address concerns about young people drinking and causing anti-social behaviour.
The neighbourhood policing team and Northumberland County Council's Trading Standards officers have carried out a test purchase operation at a number of licensed premises in the areas.
A 14-year-old volunteer tried to buy alcohol from four off licenses in Blyth and four in Cramlington last week.
In all but one of the attempts the child was asked for ID and then refused sale - the store that sold the alcohol will be revisited.
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Former England, Manchester United & Middlesbrough player Gary Pallister helped to demonstrate the effects of alcohol, with "beer goggles", which simulate some of the effects of being drunk:
He was at the launch of an anti-drink-drive campaign launched by Cleveland & Durham Police.
Figures put together for the NHS show that between 2012 and 2013, 67,000 people were admitted to North East hospitals with alcohol-related conditions - the equivalent of 185 every day.
When the figures are adjusted to take account of population differences, Middlesbrough has the highest rate of admissions in England, with South Tyneside, Sunderland and North Tyneside also in the top ten.
Those figures relate to the number of people suffering the effects of drinking too much in the long and short term, as well as falls, self harm and other injuries caused by drinking.