POLICE in Penarth are asking local parents for their support in helping them tackle underage drinking.

It comes after recent incidents of underage drinking in the town. Officers are working with their partners within the Safer Vale to combat the issue.

South Wales Police sergeant Julie Madoc-Smart said: “We are keen to get the message out to parents to help us by making sure they know where their teenagers are when they are out and about in the evenings.

“We believe teenagers are taking alcohol belonging to their parents from their homes out into the community. I would urge parents to check where they store their alcohol at home and talk to their children about the dangers of underage drinking.

“Not only are teenagers taking risks by breaking the law but they should also be aware that alcohol can leave them vulnerable and put their personal safety at risk.

“Regular police patrols have identified underage drinkers and officers have informed parents of their children’s behaviour.

“Adults who are found to be buying alcohol for under 18s can be fined £80 and also risk further prosecution by the courts."

South Wales Police are urging anyone with information on underage drinking in the area to call them on 101.