Pubs back drive to ask under-25s for ID

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Pub bosses have backed a new campaign to ask for proof of identification to any customers that look like they might be under the age of 25.

The Scottish Beer and Pub Association has launched the new “Challenge 25” drive ahead of it becoming the law at the beginning of next month.

Among the pubs taking part in the campaign is the Kilderkin pub, formerly Jenny Ha’s, on the Canongate. Pub operator James Nisbet said: “We fully support the introduction of Challenge 25 in our pub. We would encourage younger customers who wish to buy alcohol in Edinburgh to make sure that they carry appropriate ID so they can purchase alcohol if they are challenged by pub staff.

SBPA chief executive Patrick Browne said: “From today, 25,000 ‘Challenge 25’ posters, 55,000 badges and thousands of guide documents will be distributed to pubs in Scotland to support the introduction of Challenge 25.”