Back from a cycle ride from Westgate to Minnis Bay along the promenade – it’s after 6pm – and I would like to know who is selling lager to under age kids in the area.
Of late, I’ve noticed “hotspots” of young teenage drinkers (13+ boys and girls) in St Mildred’s Bay, West Bay and Minnis Bay. Fosters is the drink of choice and one group, last month, had about thirty cans of the stuff.
I like a cold Fosters – the amber nectar – like the next man but I draw the line at encouraging children to start drinking it. Councillors, you need to start asking questions, particularly in Westgate ad Birchington, over which Off License may be selling the stuff and to whom.
Thanks to the relaxation of the licensing laws, we’re starting to witness an alcohol crisis in our society and anyone with modest powers of observation will have noticed the difference between last year and this year.
Ed: Here's a thought, as raised by one of our readers. Are the Off Licenses being intimidated into selling to these kids. i.e. their fear of the consequences of saying "No" to groups of teenagers may be greater than their fear of the legal consequences of breaking the law on under-age alcohol sales. What do you think?