Young drinkers traced and made to tidy up

A SCRAP of paper found among rubbish left at a Barnstaple beauty spot has helped police to snare a group of underage drinkers.

A “mountain” of discarded beer cans, whisky and wine bottles, and carbon dioxide canisters was reported on a popular walkers’ route on the outskirts of the town.

Similar discoveries have been made at other secluded spots in recent weeks and police suspect that the mess was left by a group of around 30 youngsters who have been taking advantage of the warmer, lighter evenings.

But officers investigating the scene at Poleshill Lane, Bradiford, discovered a handwritten name on a tiny piece of paper that led them straight to the alleged perpetrators.

PCSO Gareth Woolway said: “We managed to track the person down and they admitted to being there when the mess was made.


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“We suggested it might be a good idea that they persuade some of their friends to clear up the rubbish and a group of five 17-year-old boys duly obliged.

“It was real mess up there; it’s a well-used walkers site and was obviously a danger to dog walkers and livestock.

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“No arrests were made but this is a good example of restorative justice in progress. We hope it sends a clear message to youngsters that they will be made responsible for their actions.”

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