Police warn parents about giving children alcohol

PARENTS are being warned about the risks of giving their children alcohol.

Devon and Cornwall Police are using this year’s alcohol awareness week to advise parents not to give children drink to take to parties or to have on the street.

The police force is warning buying drink for a child under 18, other than for responsible use, can carry a maximum �5,000 fine.

An undercover operation by Devon County Council’s trading standards department and Devon and Cornwall Police found that 34% of the off-licences and pubs visited sold alcohol to under 16s.

28 off-licences and 23 pubs in the mid-Devon area were targeted during August and September.