Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Everyone Should Know That Boozing Offers Can Kill You

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Everyone Should Know That Boozing Offers Can Kill You

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Byline: By Jassim Kanani

Two mothers hit out at cut price drinks promotions after both lose their sons

Cheap drink promotions were today blamed for a teenager's death.

David Webb drowned after enjoying a night out on the town.

The fun-loving teenager had been out on the Tuxedo Princess floating nightclub on the Tyne when he died.

The forklift truck driver, 19, had taken advantage of the club's "drink all you want" offer.

And was last seen by friends in a drunken state at 11.30pm on January 20.

He had been told to leave the boat by staff because of his intoxicated condition.

David's concerned girlfriend Joanne alerted the emergency services when she failed to find him.

And police discovered his body five days later in the river near the nightclub.

Now David's distraught mum Lesley has hit out at promotions which she says encourage binge drinking.

Today Lesley, 44, said: "He went out that Thursday and just said `See you later mam' and he never came back.

"David was just a young lad and like most young lads his age he liked to go out and have a good time.

"But when the boat and other venues run these cheap offer it means young people are encouraged to binge drink.

"They put these young kids off the boat drunk and they don't know whether they end up in trouble."

David's death follows a string of incidents involving cheap booze offers.

Father-of-one Tony Dockerty, 25, from Throckley, Newcastle, also drowned in the Tyne after a night out on the boat in 2003.

His mum Lynn voiced concern at the time of the death about the boat's pounds 10 "drink as much as you like" offer.

And today she joined Mrs Pemberton in calling for a total ban on cheap drinks promotions.

Fighting to speak through her tears Mrs Pemberton, who lived with her son at Eastgarth, Newbiggin Hall, Newcastle, said: "I know he was a big lad but they are encouraging them to drink for such a small amount of money. When they do get drunk they send them on their way, but what do they expect when drink is so cheap."

David's death has left his family and friends devastated. He had just started a new job and had a new girlfriend.

Lesley said: "He was just a happy go lucky lad. His life had just come together having started his new job as a fork lift truck driver at the dairies in Newburn. He had only started the job a week before this happened.

"He'd also just met his girlfriend Joanne and had gone round to see her on the Wednesday before starting work."

David also leaves behind two sisters Debra, 13, and Kim, 20, .

Lesley added: "Debra is obviously confused and it just hasn't sunk in for her. David was very close to both his sisters."

She also issued this warning to other parents: "They just need to question where their kids are and how much they are drinking and check on their safety when they are out. …

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