Police are trying to find out how teenagers got hold of alcohol, including lager and whiskey, seized at this year’s Spalding Pumpkin Festival.
Thirteen bottles of alcohol, a bottle of whiskey and a crate of lager were taken away by police who also helped a teenage girl after she became unconscious through drinking alcohol.
The girl was taken to Peterborough City Hospital and police now want to trace where and how the alcohol was obtained, with Spalding community policing inspector Jim Tyner warning of the “catastrophic consequences” possible from under-age drinking.
He said: “Officers seized 13 bottles of alcohol from one group of teenagers, as well as a crate of lager and bottle of whiskey from another group.
“We will be working with our licensing colleagues to establish where the alcohol was purchased, but the issue of under-age drinking is nothing new and I know that some people think we should turn a blind eye.
“But it can have catastrophic consequences and on Friday evening, one teenage girl had to be taken to Peterborough City Hospital after becoming unconscious through drink.”
It comes just three weeks after Lincolnshire Police and Lincolnshire Trading Standards joined forces for a week-long campaign to highlight the harm alcohol can cause.
In Focus: Alcohol Harm saw pubs, off-licences and stores visited by police and trading standards officers, along with teenage volunteers, to conduct test purchases in a bid to stamp out illegal alcohol sales to young people aged under 18.
Emma Milligan, senior trading standards officer, said: “The sale of alcohol to people under the age of 18 is unacceptable and operations such as this one help to tackle the problem of underage drinking by sending out a clear message to traders that we are monitoring their activity.
“The initiative also shows that we are prepared to take action against those that break the law.”
During the week-long initiative, staff who sold alcohol to the teenage volunteers were handed a £90 on-the-spot fine and the traders concerned were written to by trading standards officers.
There is no word yet on a police test purchasing operation in Spalding but Coun Malcolm Chandler, chairman of South Holland Licensing Authority, said: “Where licensed premises are found to be selling alcohol to minors, we will deal with it appropriately.”