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10-year-olds found drunk

Thursday, 14 June 2018

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A COLERAINE police inspector has called on the community to join forces in a bid to stamp out under-age drinking in the town.
Neighbourhood Inspector Donna Bowden's impassioned plea came after it was revealed that 10-year-olds have been found in a drunken state.
She said: "I think everybody needs to take action.We can all do something to encourage the young ones not to go down the line of drinking. Drinking so young is like putting poison into their wee bodies."
Her hard-hitting comments came during the launch of a film focusing on underage drinking in Coleraine, attended by the young film-makers, community leaders, the PSNI as well as representatives from statutory and voluntary agencies.
The sad reality was revealed by the PSNI during interviews with young people who made the thought-provoking film. 'The Blame Game' was launched in Coleraine after being created by 16 to 20-year-old students from Rutledge as part of a Headliners Foyle 'Voices for Change' Big Lottery project.

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