Police target under-age drinkers

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Youngsters in Corby found drinking in public places will be taken home to their parents by a police officer.

The officer will also make parents aware of their responsibilities towards their children as part of Operation Stay Safe.

A follow-up visit to the child’s home will then be made by a community safety officer from Corby Council.

Inspector Tim Britton, of Corby police, said: “We know that young people will look to push the boundaries as far as alcohol is concerned.

“But if you are under the age of 18 and are found drinking in a public place or on licensed premises then we will take you home.

“The under-age drinkers will be reminded that they are breaking the law and that their behaviour can be seen as anti-social if they are drinking in public.

“And while parents cannot know where their teenage child is every hour of the day, they need to talk to their children about the law and social responsibility.

“They also need to take a clear interest as to the whereabouts of their children at any time of the day.”

Cllr Tom Beattie, Leader of Corby Council, said: “During the school summer holidays, youngsters who are under age can be more tempted to consume alcohol and it is important that we educate them on the dangers that this can cause and keep them safe.

“Operation Stay Safe has been very successful in previous years. In partnership with Northamptonshire Police, and with support from parents, we expect that to be the case this summer too.”

Corby Safer Community Team will be running an anti-social behaviour operation throughout the school summer holidays.

If you spot anyone drinking in public who is behaving anti-socially, contact your local Safer Community Team on 101.