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Police in Street help youngsters party safely

March 1, 2013, 4:21 pm

Police in Street have been working closely with a local business to highlight the dangers of alcohol abuse.

Officers from the Street Beat Team have joined staff from Envy Night Club to organise a series of Under 18’s disco’s which happen every half term and holiday period.

The initiative has been designed to create a safe environment for young people to socialise in and to tackle anti-social behaviour in the area.

The disco’s have proved to be extremely popular and have attracted teenagers from other towns and villages who attend schools across Somerset.

During the last event officers used ‘alcohol wands’ to breathalyse everyone attending. The wands produce a green light which means that no alcohol has been detected and amber or red if alcohol is present. Of 244 young people attending 47 youths were refused entry as they produced amber or red readings.

At the next disco any young person who fails the test will have their details taken and a letter will be sent to parents highlighting the dangers of alcohol abuse and the possibility of their child attending a ‘Choice and Consequence’ workshop.

Beat Manager for Street Police Constable Kevin Stoodley said: “This type of event allows us to engage directly with young people and talk to them about the damaging effects of drinking too much and the impact a criminal record for anti-social behaviour could have on their future.

“The young people really enjoy these nights and the feedback from parents has been extremely positive.”

Each event runs from 7:30 pm until 11pm when most young people are collected by their parents and to ensure their safety the doors are not closed until officers and Envy staff are sure they have been safely collected or have arrived home.

General Manager of Envy Philip Boyle said: “I think that the wands are a great idea and a fantastic deterrent and would endorse them being used on every under 18’s night we hold and feel that other towns should look into using them.”

The next Under 18’s night will be held on Monday 1st April. More details can be found on the club’s Facebook page.

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