Teen booze, drugs, sex hangout
PARENTS, do you know where your children are and what they are doing when they are out at night?
Local police could probably provide a few hints, thanks to a number of raids that have taken place on a youth hangout near the carpark at the Evans Head Surf Club.
"(Two weeks ago) on the Friday night a 16-year-old girl was assaulted and there were a few fights between several males," Senior Constable Peter Richardson said.
"We were called out by the girl and people from the caravan park, who heard all the noise."
What the police discovered was a well-used clearing in bushland littered with empty bottles and cans of strong liquor, bongs, lighters and used condoms around a large campfire.
That night Sr Const Richardson said they issued a warrant for the arrest of a male for assault, took home an intoxicated 16-year-old boy and 14-year-old girl and discovered another teenage couple in the sand dunes having sex.
"We went back on the Saturday night and another group were sitting around drinking Passion Pops and vodka," he said.
"We estimated the kids were aged anywhere between 11 to 17 years old."
On a visit to the site with the police, the Rivertown Times saw for itself the evidence of young lives crumbling under the weight of peer pressure and copious amounts of heavy alcohol and drugs.
Aside from the tools of obvious drug use, there was a large mound of empty bottles and cans of bourbon, rum and alcopops that lay to one side of the fireplace.
"You notice there's no beer bottles," Sr Cons Richardson said.
"It's all hard spirits and those high-alcoholic energy drinks.
"I want to know where they're getting the money for this stuff and who's supplying them."
He said the police would start cracking down on licensed bottle shops and sales to minors, warning that fines of up to $11,000 could apply.
"This area will also become a regular surveillance area for the police," he said.
Sr Cons Richardson said the police and community only had limited resources to keep kids out of trouble and safe, and parents needed to step up and be more vigilant.
"It's about time parents started taking responsibility for their kids," he said.
"Know where your kids are because if you don't, then expect a call from the police and a DoCS notification."