South Wales Police last night issued an almost unprecedented request to the local parents in Penarth to check up on their teenage children and find out what they were up to.
Groups of youths were to be seen roaming around the Stanwell Road area last night near the junction with Rectory Lane which has been the focus of a number of incidents of anti-social behaviour and public urination in the last few weeks.
In May this year South Wales Police issued a warning to local parents telling them to lock away any booze in their homes and get a grip on their drunken kids.
The latest police warning – issued last night on the social medium “Twitter” – read as follows: –
The Twitter message said that at around 21:00 last night police were dealing with “a large group of youths believed to be involved in under-age drinking, public urination and general anti social behaviour in the Alexandra Park area.”
The police asked parents on Twitter “If your teenagers are out this evening, please find out where they are” .
It is highly unusual for the police to put out such a message and indicates the continuing seriousness of the problem of underage drinking in the town.
Entrances to Alexandra Park from Rectory Road and the Dingle entrance from Bridgeman Road/ The Glades were locked last night, but it would have been easy to climb over the gates.
Other teenagers could be seen last night congregating on the steps of adjacent offices, on the steps of Penarth Library and on the bench outside the HSBC bank.
On June 26th 2018 Sergeant Julie Madoc Smart of Penarth Police said “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 Madoc Smart said in her June statement “I would urge parents to check where they store their alcohol at home and talk to their children about the dangers of underage drinking.”