Alcohol seized from ‘formal’ party buses

September 22, 2014

A large quantity of alcohol was removed from buses carrying teenagers to a post-formal event near Keady recently, police have said.

More than 130 items, including beers, wine and spirits, were seized from seven buses carrying teenagers to an after-formal party on Friday night, 12th September.

Inspector Kieran Quinn said the vast majority of passengers on the buses were under 18 years of age and were heading to an after formal party “possibly across the border”.

Urging parents to make their children aware that it is not acceptable to drink alcohol before they are 18, he said: “We do not want to ruin anyone’s night out but where offences are detected we have a duty to take action.  The fact is that young people need to be aware of the consequences of consuming large amounts of alcohol and that it is illegal to consume or purchase alcohol when you are under 18 years of age.”

He said the police would work with local schools, licensed premises and transport companies to re-iterate the message about alcohol, adding, “Everyone has their part to play in educating our young people and making sure that children do not have access to alcohol.”