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PARENTS in Hartlepool whose teenage children are due to leave school are being asked to keep a close eye on them by officials after police broke up an alcohol-fuelled party.

Hartlepool Neighbourhood Policing Officers and Hartlepool Borough Council licensing officials are working together after a gathering of school leavers involving alcohol was discovered at the weekend in Seaton Carew’s sand dunes.

Bottles of vodka, alcopops and cans of lager were seized from the teenagers and a number of them had their details taken.

PCSOs and officers are liaising with their school about the incident.

Sergeant Mark Haworth, of Hartlepool Police, said: “We take children and young people’s personal safety extremely seriously and there is no doubt that their safety can be compromised if they are in large groups where alcohol is being consumed.

“Equally seriously is the risk of them becoming involved in anti-social behaviour or crime and I would urge parents, especially as many of the town’s youngsters come to the end of their school careers, to check what their children are doing and what they are getting up to.

“We are working with secondary schools across the town and are monitoring social network sites as well as using other intelligence to try to prevent this happening again.

“Youngsters can be assured we will clamp down heavily on such gatherings and will remove any alcohol we find where the person is underage.”

• See Thursday’s Hartlepool Mail for more on this story.