Large Quantity Of Alcohol Seized From Youngsters In Witley Area Of Godalming

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By PatHill | Wednesday, May 30, 2012, 11:48

Police and officials have issued a warning to parents in the Godalming area to help protect their young children from the dangers of alcohol.

The warning comes after officers out on patrol in the Witley area seized a large quantity of alcohol from under age youths about to attend a party.

The seizure on Saturday, 19 May included bottles of vodka, gin, cider and beer, which the teenagers were carrying, as they made their way to a house party in the Petworth Road area.

Neighbourhood Specialist Officer PC Barry Baldwin and PCSO Dave Boxall were patrolling the locality, as part of a routine weekend initiative, when they became aware of a number of youths carrying alcohol, who were making their way to an address for a celebration.

PC Baldwin said: "We stopped more than 15 youngsters, who ranged in age from 13-years-old upwards, they were searched and any alcohol was seized. We explained to the youths that they were under age and the alcohol would be disposed of.

"We took the opportunity to discuss with the party-goers the law around alcohol, the dangers of alcohol and its excessive consumption. We will, as a Safer Neighbourhood Team, continue to take action against those who abuse the law in relation to drink and will act on information provided by the community about alcohol related concerns."

Temporary Neighbourhood Sergeant Mel Sefton said: "This action demonstrates the commitment of Surrey Police to tackle the problem of under age drinking and its associated anti-social behaviour. It is a proven fact that the misuse of alcohol is a factor in leading young people to behave in an anti-social manner. I would appeal for parents to take responsibility for their children and to know where they are and what they are doing, particularly with the long summer evenings and celebrations going on.

"Similarly, we need the ongoing support of the public in reporting hot spots where youths may gather and drink, reporting shops and individuals who are supplying young people with alcohol. We can then all work togther in making the community a safer and better place for everyone to enjoy.

"I hope this action sends a clear message to underage drinkers and other residents alike, that this behaviour will not be tolerated and any young person can expect to have alcohol seized, confiscated and disposed of when the possession of it is against the law."



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