Gloucestershire

Gloucester girl, 11, found drunk on bench

A bench on Westgate Street
Image caption The 11-year-old was found during an operation to crack down on under-age drinking

An 11-year-old girl was found drunk on a bench in Gloucester during a police operation, officers said.

Special constables described the girl, who was discovered at about 22:20 BST on Friday in Westgate Street, as "incapable" after drinking a vast amount of vodka with her friends.

She was treated at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital and later discharged.

Police will be taking follow-up action with partner agencies and speaking with her family.

A 15-year-old girl who was with the child was spoken to for concealing vodka in a soft drinks bottle.

The 11-year-old was found during the second night of operation Nite-X, a project run by the Special Constabulary and supported by Gloucester City Council.

'Shocking discovery'

It aims to crack down on under-age drinking, binge drinking, alcohol related disorder and licensing breaches.

Gloucester community sergeant Liz Lovell said: "This was a shocking discovery that highlights exactly why we are running this operation.

"It is understood the girl was given the vodka by an adult who bought it from a shop, which is another issue we are tackling as part of Nite-X."

On the same night, an off-licence in Southgate Street failed a test when it handed over a bottle of Lambrini to two 15-year-old girl volunteers.

Sgt Lovell said: "Where shops are found to sell drink to under-age customers or adults who are buying it for children, we will issue fines and work with the business to make sure it doesn't happen again.

"One thing we will be feeding back to officers is an increasing tendency for youngsters to conceal alcohol by pouring it into soft drinks bottles."

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