Shops breathalyse customers buying alcohol in street drinking clampdown

Martin Coulter
The initiative has been backed by South wales Police: Getty Images

Two shops in Cardiff city centre are using breathalysers on customers who want to buy alcohol in a bid to clamp down on boozy anti-social behaviour.

The Spar stores, in Queen Street and St Mary Street, are employing the devices as part of an effort to curb street drinkers

The devices are being used to test whether or not those hoping to purchase alcohol are already too drunk.

The use of the breathalysers is part of a South Wales Police operation to reduce begging, street drinking and anti-social behaviour in the Welsh capital.

Chief Superintendent Belinda Davies, divisional commander for Cardiff, said: "Complaints from visitors, residents and businesses around the number of people begging and undertaking alcohol-related anti-social behaviour within the city centre have increased in recent months.

"Such behaviour can prove intimidating, unpleasant and unwelcoming to those visiting or working in the area."

The initiative comes in the wake of a study which claimed 35 people a day will die from alcohol abuse in the UK over the next five years