COUNCIL INQUIRY: Parents must do their bit to stop underage drinking

PARENTS need to do their bit in the fight against anti-social drinking, according to Chief Insp Timmins.

The top officer praised Boston’s licensed premises for working with them to clamp down on underage drinking, but said many youths take booze from home.

Chief Insp Timmins said: “I would like to see parents being held to account. Kids are given more free rein than perhaps they were 20 years ago.

“Some of the attitudes we get faced with are quite surprising – it’s almost non-caring. When you get that it’s a lot more difficult to deal with than someone buying from a shop.”

The town’s police chief also vowed to make his officers a more visible presence on the streets by making sure they cleverly manage their patrol routes to pass through the town centre and trouble spots more regularly.

Chief Insp Timmins said: “We can be smarter in how we deal with issues if we are going from one side of the town to the other.

“I am not convinced that happens at the moment for a number of different reasons. That’s something we are working on..”