Drunk girl, 13, taken to hospital during crackdown on underage drinking in Corby

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A drunk 13-year-old girl was taken to hospital as a precaution by police during a crackdown on underage drinking in Corby.

Officers discovered two 13-year-olds who were very intoxicated at the weekend when dozens of bottles of cheap cider and beer were seized.

Operation StaySafe is a joint initiative between the police, Corby Council and the fire and rescue service which aims to cut underage drinking and anti-social behaviour.

Police officers and council wardens will be patrolling the town and looking out for young people who are under the influence of alcohol.

PC Rod MacKenzie said: “Anyone under the age of 18 who is found in possession of alcohol will have it taken off them, and anyone we find to be under the influence of alcohol will be taken home to answer to their parents or carers.

“In previous years we have had problems with underage drinkers getting involved in anti-social behaviour and other crimes, which also has an impact on the wider community.

“However, one of the main aims of this operation is to try to look after the welfare of these young people. We know they drink alcohol in parks, woods and other public places, putting themselves in situations where they become vulnerable.

“They are likely to become ill, may be injured or even become a victim of crime, such as an assault, and it is usually the case that their parents have no idea they are out drinking in a park somewhere.”