Drunk teen in Falkirk sparks plea to parents

Several youngsters have been found drunk in public places
Several youngsters have been found drunk in public places
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A 15-year-old girl had to be rushed to hospital after drinking alcohol in a Falkirk park.

It was one of a series of incidents in the Forth Valley area that have prompted a plea from police to parents.

They are being urged to be aware of what alcohol their children have, how they obtained it and where they are going o drink it.

In the Falkirk case, the girl was violently sick and collapsed. Her friends called for an ambulance which took her to hospital. Police fear that, had she been alone, it could have had a more serious outcome.

In other incidents, a 13-year-old girl was found slouched against a wall in Stirling city centre by officers on routine patrols. She was in such a state that they called for an ambulance which took her to Forth Valley Royal.

And a 12-year-old girl was was also taken to hospital after being discovered drunk in the street by community wardens in Clackmannanshire.

Chief Superintendent Davie Flynn, Forth Valley Divisional Commander, said: “These girls were found so drunk they had no idea where they were or what they had been doing. They were leaving themselves more exposed to being a victim of crime.”

Predominantly the girls found intoxicated are aged 13-17.

Chief Superintendent Flynn added: “This isn’t about young people drinking a small amount of alcohol socially – it is about them drinking so much to excess that they are unable to look after themselves and putting themselves at risk.

“To help protect young people we are keen to get information from members of the community and parents especially on where they are getting their alcohol from. Our suspicions are that adults are buying it on their behalf.

‘‘Those who buy or provide alcohol to those underage have a part to play in making them vulnerable and more susceptible to becoming a victim of crime. Purchasing alcohol on behalf of someone under the age of 18 is a criminal offence.”

Test purchase and surveillance operations have been carried out on several licensed premises throughout the Forth Valley but there was no evidence of them selling to children.

Elaine Lawlor, Forth Valley alcohol and drug co-ordinator said: “There is a very good reason why it states 18 on the label of alcohol bottles.

‘‘The same amount of alcohol will have a much greater effect on a child or young person than on an adult, because their bodies are still growing and developing. Young people do not have the experience needed to deal with the effects of alcohol on judgement and perception.”

Police are urging those who work in off-licences to come forward with information about those they suspect to be buying alcohol for you people. They are also appealing for information on adults who are buying alcohol on behalf of young people or providing alcohol for them. Police also want information on where alcohol is being consumed.

Contact Details

Anyone with information can contact Police Scotland on the non-emergency number 101 or information can be given anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.