Teenagers have been tampering with their own passports in a desperate bid to get served alcohol in clubs and bars.
Northumbria Police have said they have now seized a number of passports and driving licences as they crackdown on the trend in Tyne and Wear.
Officers have warned that anyone found with forged documents faces arrest and prosecution.
– Insp Mick Hall, Northumbria Police
Using ID with false information is a serious offence. Anyone caught could find themselves arrested and even end up with a criminal record, which could affect their future before they have even finished school or college.
Bar, club and shop owners say they have been shown documents in recent months that have had dates of birth obviously changed. All altered documents and passports seized by police will now be cut up and sent to the Passport Office or relevant agencies to be destroyed.