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01/10/2006

Scotland - Invisible ink to sink underage drink menace

In a bid to trace where underage drinkers buy their booze, police has given shopkeepers in West Lothian, Scotland, special pens to mark their bottles with invisible ink.

The ink shows up with the use of ultraviolet torches, revealing where the alcohol was purchased.

Police chiefs say the scheme will allow them to trap adults buying drink for teenagers. CCTV footage from a shop's cameras will be examined to identify who made the purchases. Parents will also be contacted if their children have been stealing drink from the family home.