Police issue warning to underage drinkers ahead of Ottery Carnival and Tar Barrels

Ottery St Mary Police will be waging a ‘robust’ crackdown on underage drinkers during the town’s carnival and Tar Barrels events.

Officers have issued a warning to any teens fancying a tipple that their booze will be poured away and they could be taken home.

The neighbourhood team said that last year a pair of ‘very intoxicated’ 13-year-olds needed hospital treatment.

This type of situation is very dangerous and ties up emergency services when it could have been avoided.

Big crowds are expected to enjoy the colourful procession of floats, walking entries and festivities tomorrow (Saturday, October 19) – with the famous flaming tradition following on November 5.

Adults have also been warned they face being fined if caught buying alcohol for youngsters.

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An Ottery St Mary Police spokesperson said: “May we remind parents to have a conversation with their children around drinking alcohol at these events or any other time of the year.

“Last year on carnival night, and another night whilst the fair was in town, we had to deal with two young persons around the age of 13. Both were very intoxicated and had to go to hospital.

“This type of situation is very dangerous and ties up emergency services when it could have been avoided.

“Our policing team will be taking a robust approach to anyone under 18 in possession of alcohol, so please take the advice and do not drink or carry alcohol with you.

“Also, if you are over 18 and choose to supply under-18s with alcohol, you run the risk of being issued a fixed penalty.

“Thank you and we hope you have a great time at these two important community events.”

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