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Calls For Action On Parents Who Buy Children Alcohol

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1:20pm 2nd November 2011
(Updated 1:20pm 2nd November 2011)

A Cornish MP calls for tougher punishments for parents who give their kids alcohol.

It is as statistics show 70% of teenagers caught drunk in Newquay this summer were supplied by mum and dad

Now Stephen Gilbert has asked for a crackdown at a Westminster debate.

That includes toughening up laws, a review of pricing and better education:

"Most parents will assume that they are the last people their children will go to talk about alcohol, but research shows that children between nine and 17 will in fact turn to their parents first. Parents need to talk to their children and keep talking to their children before their friends do"

He said some examples are shocking:

"One Newquay guesthouse has reported that parents regularly turn up with their children and a car boot full of booze. Another guesthouse reported finding 350 items of alcohol in one room let out to just six children who were visiting the town"

“A local caravan site seized over 353 cans and bottles from 16 year olds over a ten day period. This included 117 cans of Stella and five litres of vodka. On one day in July police confiscated 443 cans and bottles from youngsters arriving on public transport into Newquay"

"One 16 year old girl arrived for a four day break with £300 in her wallet, only to be found later the same day to be incapacitated by alcohol and her parents asked to come and collect her"

In response the minister in charge James Brokenshire assured that action is being taken to tackle the problem.

He said the government was drawing up a strategy and it was work in progress.

Superintendant Julie Whitmarsh, a joint Newquay Safe Partnership project manager, is backing the calls:

“I’m really pleased that this is being picked up, the problem is magnified in Newquay but affects communities nationally and internationally. The fact that it is being raised in parliament is really important and has the support of ACPO, as it forms part of the national policing strategy for alcohol that is currently being written”.

1:20pm 2nd November 2011

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