Warning of ‘underage drinking party’ after Ilfracombe school leavers prom


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WOULD-BE teenage revellers and their parents have been warned of the dangers of underage drinking after learning of a possible ‘post prom’ party in Ilfracombe on Friday (June 28).

Inspector Roger Bartlett said they had received a tip off that an unsupervised party was planned for after the Ilfracombe Academy Year 11 Prom, which takes place at the Landmark Theatre.

He said police were working closely with the school to ensure parents talked to their children about the potential dangers and to find out if their children had any involvement.

He said extra officers would be on duty working to identify potential sites and to warn landowners of the liabilities they faced if anything should go wrong.

“It’s not a good idea to allow children to be in that environment,” he said.

“Not just because of the risks of alcohol, but their vulnerability when they are drunk.”

It follows a party at a field in Spreacombe during early April broken up by police, where it was reported teenagers were fighting, abusive and ‘very drunk’.

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Insp Bartlett said as a result of this a number of youngsters had received conditional cautions about their behaviour.

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