YOUNG festival-goers at next year’s Jersey Live could be breathalysed following serious concerns over under-age binge drinking at last weekend’s festival.
The States and honorary police, as well as the St John Ambulance and the Constable of Trinity, have all said they were concerned about high levels of drunkenness during the two-day event, particularly among children.
On the first day alone, St John Ambulance volunteers treated 36 people – including 34 under-age drinkers – who were so drunk they were incapable of looking after themselves. Some of the drinkers were as young as 13. And the States police have said that they are so concerned that they are now preparing a report for the Solicitor General and the Licensing Assembly.
Warren Holt, co-organiser of Jersey Live, said that he was ‘disappointed’ with the comments made by the authorities and said that staff had done everything possible to prevent under-age drinking. But he added that the organisers were considering introducing random breath-tests next year to crack down on under-age drinking.
Keep the crime levels at this event in perspective
THANK you for including the statistics in your featured story on drunkenness and disorder at Jersey Live (JEP, 7 September). They provide welcome perspective and proportion to the alarmist comments by the police.