Get tough on under age drinkers – and parents

St Helens Star: DAVE Watts has called for stringent new measures to tackle under age boozing DAVE Watts has called for stringent new measures to tackle under age boozing

DAVE Watts MP has called for tougher measures against under age drinkers and their parents – and reckons under 18s should be taken into temporary care if found under the influence of alcohol.

The MP for St Helens North called for stringent new measures to tackle under age boozing following a meeting with Chris Armitt, the town’s new chief superintendent, last week.

Watts told the Star that too many parents turn a blind eye to their children’s drinking and that children as young as 14 were being allowed to stay out late and drink alcohol in parks and residential areas.

He has called on St Helens Council to join forces with the police to introduce a ‘stay safe’ scheme, in which drunken children are taken into care before being collected by their parents from a safe central location.

The child and the parents would then face questioning about how the youngster got hold of the booze.

Watts reported that similar schemes had reduced under aged drinking and anti social behaviour in communities up and down the country.

He argued that the ploy would hold parents more responsible for the actions of their children, help protect vulnerable kids and help police identify off licences which are selling booze to under 18s.

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5:18pm Wed 3 Sep 08

Don Kidick says...

Now we know there is definitely an election in the offing, this is the 3rd time he has pipped up this year
Now we know there is definitely an election in the offing, this is the 3rd time he has pipped up this year Don Kidick
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12:44pm Thu 4 Sep 08

Johnny Retro says...

I think this is a fantastic idea. Parents need to take responsibility for their offspring instead of just fobbing them off with money to go and but whatever and do whatever (as long as they arent in their parents hair !!!).

Scotlands idea of making it illegal to sell beer to under 21s anywhere but in a licensed pub is fantastic. This should also go hand in hand with tougher fines etc for people that are irresponsible enough to provide alcohol to underage drinkers. They could also make these offenders go out with patrols and work in the "temporary care centres" so that they can have hands on experience of what life is like at the hands of these drunken youths that blight our society week after wee.

One thing that does worry me is will the parents turn up to collect their children as most of these youths parents are probably out getting wasted themselves.
I think this is a fantastic idea. Parents need to take responsibility for their offspring instead of just fobbing them off with money to go and but whatever and do whatever (as long as they arent in their parents hair !!!). Scotlands idea of making it illegal to sell beer to under 21s anywhere but in a licensed pub is fantastic. This should also go hand in hand with tougher fines etc for people that are irresponsible enough to provide alcohol to underage drinkers. They could also make these offenders go out with patrols and work in the "temporary care centres" so that they can have hands on experience of what life is like at the hands of these drunken youths that blight our society week after wee. One thing that does worry me is will the parents turn up to collect their children as most of these youths parents are probably out getting wasted themselves. Johnny Retro
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