Alcohol confiscated in raid

IF YOU want to stop sights like the one in our picture becoming a regular site in St Neots, then get in touch with the police or Trading Standards. The image depicts just some of the destruction recently discovered at the town s skate park on a recent Sun

IF YOU want to stop sights like the one in our picture becoming a regular site in St Neots, then get in touch with the police or Trading Standards.

The image depicts just some of the destruction recently discovered at the town's skate park on a recent Sunday morning by officers from Cambridgeshire Trading Standards.

As reported in The Hunts Post, the police and trading standards are working together to try to clamp down on underage drinking in the town.

Over the weekend of September 22-23, officers collected 86 beer cans, 21 glass alcohol bottles, 10 empty vodka bottles and shot glasses from the site.


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Charlotte Wilson, leader of the Community Alcohol Project (CAP), said: "We have received a number of tip-offs about where young people are gathering to drink and we are monitoring the situation.

"People are often as disturbed by the litter and noise created by the youths as the fact they are drinking.

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"The skate park is obviously a hot-spot and we will be keeping a very close eye on the area as the project progresses."

On Friday evening, trading standards officers accompanied police on patrol in St Neots, confiscating alcohol and calling the parents of one 15-year-old.

In one incident, a 20-year-old man was found with a group of young people under the age of 18 and had two carrier bags of alcohol confiscated.

In another incident, a 15-year-old girl was found to have been drinking and being supplied alcohol by a 19-year-old. Her parents were called to collect her.

A spokesman for trading standards said that despite the poor weather there were still large numbers of youths gathered at the skate park and in Riverside car park.

n St Neots does not have a bigger problem with young drinkers than anywhere else in the county, but is being used as a test-location for a clampdown on underage drinkers. If successful, the scheme may be rolled out across the country.

INFORMATION: Contact the Community Alcohol Project on 01954 284619 or e-mail your views to editor@huntspost.co.uk

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