Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Booze Cruise

Driving back from Ramsgate on Saturday night at around 10:30pm, I watched a group of visibly under-age teenagers walking along the road carrying several boxes of lager as I passed by.

Who I wondered is selling them the booze and where are they getting the money from to buy it?

Then, this week, we hear that police have confiscated more than 45 cans and bottles from young people during an operation to crackdown on underage drinkers in part of Kent.

Kent Online reports that a team of five officers visited areas across Thanet that have been the subject of complaints about alcohol-fuelled anti-social behaviour.

They stopped 70 youngsters, the majority of whom were under the age of 18.

As well as seizing alcohol, the young people were warned about their behaviour and told that Thanet is a designated no alcohol zone.

The main areas covered in the operation were Victoria Gardens in Broadstairs, Ellington Park and Boundary Road Park in Ramsgate and the Albion car park area in Birchington.

PC Sue Luck said: "Underage drinking on so many occasions results in anti-social behaviour including criminal damage and violence.

"Excessive drinking will not be tolerated and those who sell alcohol to youngsters will face the consequences."

Ed: The police need to re-focus on Ramsgate from what I saw on Saturday.


Anonymous said...

I wonder if the spate of car side windows smashed in (costing £60 + to repair) in Margate and Cliftonville on Saturday night might be related? There were no attempts to steal or drive off, just 'mindless, wanton vandalism'.
Youngsters either drunk or jarred off because the means to get drunk had been removed from them?

Anonymous said...

Its a really bad problem.
Last night I was walking by Thanet Bowls Club in Cliftonville and saw a man in his thirties feeding cans of drink to kids of about 14. I was tempted to say something but too frighted!
Teens would not be able to drink to oblivion if it weren't for adults like this one and you have ask yourself what motive a man of 30 has for hanging out with drunk teenagers.

Anonymous said...

Please tell me exactly why you were not STRAIGHT on the phone to the police if you had reason to believe that this man would be violent? As you say this is CHILDREN he was dealing with.

Anonymous said...

Oh and Thanet is NOT a no-alcohol zone. You are allowed to drink alcohol here!

Anonymous said...

Get real PC Sue Luck ! Will not be tolerated by who ? If you were out there doing your job instead of sat in a cosy police station that is closed to the public after 5pm, we wouldn't have this problem. Don't make me laugh ! The police have lost control and feral yoof rule these days, or haven't you been looking out of your window late at night !

Anonymous said...

I had a glass of sherry last night, am I about to be arrested ?
What utter tosh PC Sue Luck is speaking !

Cllr David Green said...

Now that we have a "new" Cabinet Member for Community Safety at Thanet Council, Cllr Chris Wells no less, perhaps we'll see some action.
I, for one, wish him well.

Anonymous said...

And I for another will be pushing him hard for some real action, maybe reinstating the Rural Warden cut in the Budget this year!

Cllr Mike Harrison,
Shadow Cabinet Member for Community Safety.

Anonymous said...

The exact reason I was not STRAIGHT on the phone to the police is that I have been there many times before and the usual result is a 20 minute conversation about ME; who I am, where I am, when I was born etc. The police then either do not show at all or come 40 minutes later by which time the group has moved on.

Anonymous said...

What I want to know is how the hell these kids can AFFORD to get plastered!

Anonymous said...

10;46 True Thanet is not an alcohol free zone, but when people can't handle their booze, vomit, swear, damage property, urinate in public and threaten passers by its a shame Thanet is a "no slapping the drunken git to the ground zone"!
And yes 8;48 Where do they get the money from? Benefits perhaps??