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8-year-olds caught up in boozing

Child drinkers as young as eight and nine have been treated at a Moray emergency department for alcohol consumption.

Moray’s integrated drug and alcohol health and social work service … works closely with Grampian Police which has carried out 14 under-age drinking operations in Moray in the first four months of this year alone.

That saw 619 youths, largely aged 12-16 years, spoken to by the police in relation to alcohol.

Elgin-based Chief Inspector Doug Mackenzie described that as a “staggering figure”.

And the haul of alcohol recovered by the police was 77 bottles of beer, eight bottles of vodka, 18 litres of cider and 11 bottles of Buckfast.

• Full story at the Northern Scot.

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