The former Mayor of Penarth Philip Rapier (the former Labour councillor for St Augustines) has now stepped into the escalating controversy over under-age drinking in Penarth.
The former Mayor has provided a photograph taken at 3 pm on Friday at the Cefn Mably bus stop – situated on the pavement outside Stanwell Secondary School.
The photo shows empty cans of lager strewn all over the school playing-field area opposite the bus stop.
Local parents have been already told in no uncertain terms by South Wales Police to lock away alcohol in their homes and get a grip on their drunken kids.
Now – former Penarth Mayor Philip Rapier (a member of the Labour Party) has lashed out at the Labour-controlled Penarth Town Council for what he calls its “weak and dangerous Laissez Faire [“anything goes”] approach.”
In the light of its light-touch approach to recent licensing applications in the town, Cllr Rapier says Penarth Town Council’s “denial there is an Alcohol problem is a blight on our Community.”
Cllr Rapier says the evidence provided by his photograph “is also, increasingly making Penarth look foolishly lax in the matter of Licensing .”
[ The Hard Left-wing elements which now control Penarth Town Council ousted Cllr Rapier – a moderate Labour supporter- and invented new rules to manouever him out of standing again for his St Augustines seat in the council elections in May last year ]
Meanwhile South Wales Police are asking parents in Penarth to co-operate with them helping to tackle the problem of underage drinking in the town.
The action comes in the wake of several recent incidents in which school-age children – under the influence of alcohol – have been involved in a number of anti-social incidents in the town centre and in other parts of Penarth.
Sgt Julie Madoc-Smart says “We are keen to get the message out to parents to help us by making sure they know where their teenagers are when they are out and about in the evenings.”
Police investigations indicate that rather than attempt to buy alcohol over the counter or in local pubs – teenagers are “taking alcohol belonging to their parents from their homes and out into the community.” Sgt Smart says “I would urge parents to check where they store their alcohol at home and talk to their children about the dangers of underage drinking.”
Police say that not only are teenagers taking risks by breaking the law, but they need to realise that drinking alcohol can leave them vulnerable and put their personal safety at risk”
Local police patrols have identified underage drinkers and officers have informed parents of their children’s behaviour. There’s also a stern warning for adults who buy alcohol for their under-18-year-old-children. They’re told they can be fined £80 and also risk further prosecution
Anyone with information on underage drinking in the Penarth area is being urged to call the police on 101.