Patrols to find teens drinking on the streets

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POLICE officers and youth workers spent a night patrolling a Sheffield suburb looking for under-age children drinking alcohol.

Staff spoke to 47 youngsters they found congregating in the streets and also visited a youth club to warn teenagers about the dangers and consequences of under-age drinking.

The patrols in Woodhouse and Mosborough formed part of national alcohol awareness week.

Officers also spent time visiting schools to talk to pupils about issues and laws around under-age drinking.

They visited Westfield Sports College and Birley Community College.

PC Paul Chappell, from the Woodhouse and Mosborough Safer Neighbourhood Team, said: “Young people respond very well to this sort of event and can ask questions in a relaxed and familiar environment.

“The aim is to ensure young people are equipped with the correct information to make informed choices in relation to alcohol.

“The aim is also to make sure they have the confidence to seek help and support where necessary.”