Manchester police slam proof-of-age cards

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Manchester police have slammed the use of proof-of-age cards claiming they are too easy to forge.Young revellers in Manchester can now only use a...

Manchester police have slammed the use of proof-of-age cards claiming they are too easy to forge.

Young revellers in Manchester can now only use a drivers' licence or passport as identification because the police believe the cards simply do not work.

Sgt Jan Brown, who heads up the Manchester City Centre Safe scheme, said ID cards like The Portman Group's Prove It (pictured)​ are too easy to forge.

She said: "We now insist on driving licences or passports in Manchester. We've had it with ID cards. There is a myriad of them and every time a new one comes out all the kids do is replicate them. They can get them off the internet, where the going rate is between £5 and £10."

Sgt Brown also said it gave the identification system more authority, given that attempting to forge a driving licence or passport is a much more serious offence than forging an ID card.

However, Jim Minton, director of campaigns and communications for The Portman Group, said: "The cards have a hologram on them which means they are almost impossible to forge. The most important thing is that licensees have a credible form of ID to work with, be it a passport, drivers' licence or our Prove It card.

Related topics: Licensing law

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