Gangs of youths, some as young as 13, hang around in the shadows, swigging alcohol from cans and bottles, hiding away from the road. At a skate park, a group of 40 youngsters congregates to drink the night away, leaving a trail of mess and destruction behind them. Just a fairly typical Friday night in St Neots, reporter ANDREW McGILL discovered, but work is in hand to tackle the problem. ABOUT one in five children aged 11 to 15 will admit to drinking alcohol in the past seven days, according to NHS figures. In response to this problem Cambridgeshire police - in partnership with Trading Standards, health organisations, youth groups and retailers - today (Wednesday) launches a crackdown on underage drinking, with St Neots named as the focus town for the campaign, which is being called Community Alcohol Partnership. While those old enough to get into pubs populate the town centre, youths are squeezed into more marginal groups. It is 9pm on Friday evening and I am being given a tour of St Neots - but this is not one for the tourists. Cambridgeshire Trading Standards officers Richard Matthews and Nikki Piper are taking me round to some of the so-called hotspots in the town. Outside St Neots Community College at 9.15pm, a group of around 10 youths are skulking in the shadows. Some are on bikes but the tell-tale bulging carrier bags show this is no excursion. It is a similar story in the grounds of Longsands Community College - it is clear that, if young people want access to alcohol, they can get it.