Parents defend teenage boozers

IRRESPONSIBLE parents are complaining that police officers who confiscate alcohol from their children are 'breaching their human rights

IRRESPONSIBLE parents are complaining that police officers who confiscate alcohol from their children are 'breaching their human rights'.Cheddar police say on numerous occasions it is the parents who buy alcohol for their children, when they should be supporting officers in trying to curb under-age drinking.Sergeant Pete Yensen said the youngest person they had caught with alcohol in the area was just 13 years old and parents should be more supportive of the police.He said: "The best solution to the problem is to educate the youths about the dangers of drinking but if parents are supplying it what are we supposed to do?"An investigation by the Somerset Mercury also showed that youngsters in the area are boasting about under-age drinking and swapping stories about drunken antics on the internet.One 14-year-old girl from Cheddar listed her favourite drinks as rum, vodka and white wine and said: "I love getting wasted with my mates at the weekend."A 16-year-old boy from Cheddar said: "I get drunk most weekends. It's what keeps me going in this boring place." One 15-year-old from Axbridge wrote: "Only one thing you need to know about me - I love p***ing around and getting p***ed."Websites are also being used to organise drinking. A 16-year-old youth explained he was moving from Australia to Axbridge and wanted to know where he could meet up with people to drink.Sgt Yensen said: "The latest incident of catching a child with alcohol was just this week."We have caught them hanging around in the centre of Cheddar, the square in Axbridge and on the main roads in Wedmore."We aren't necessarily catching them drunk, but the fact they have alcohol on them is very worrying. When we find them we take the bottles off them, but we have had parents complaining about this."One parent admitted they had bought the alcohol for their child and said it was a breach of their human rights that we had taken it away.


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