Concern over underage drinking Marianus Glen area -McGinley

Sinn Féin Councillor Eric McGinley has called on parents from throughout the city to ensure that their children are not gathering to drink in the Marianus Glen area.

Cllr. McGinley said: “There have been concerning reports that a number of teenagers – some as young as 13 years of age – have been gathering and drinking in Marianus Glen between the Ballymagroarty and Hazelbank estates.eric-1

On one occasion over the weekend residents witnessed a young girl in the field who was highly intoxicated with the potential for a real tragedy all too evident. PSNI have also been called to the area on numerous occasions over the weekend.

Residents have also been in contact with Sinn Féin representatives in the area to report the theft of wheelie bins by young people who then went on to set the bins on fire.

Unfortunately, the good weather has brought with it the temptation to drink alcohol outside and it is a real concern that young teenagers are obtaining access to carry-outs.

I would appeal to parents to ensure that they are fully aware of their children’s whereabouts and to warn these young teenagers of the many dangers which exist when consuming alcohol.

I would also caution adults who may be approached to purchase alcohol on behalf of children not to contribute to this serious problem.”