Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Teen Girl in Binge Drinking Warning

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Teen Girl in Binge Drinking Warning

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Byline: By Brenda Hickman

A father today claimed his 14-year-old daughter was lured into a binge drinking session by a man hanging around a shopping centre.

The schoolgirl was said to have suffered a fit after knocking back a quantity of spirits when she was befriended by a man at the green at Newcastle's Old Eldon Square.

She has told her parents she has no immediate recollection of what happened. Now police are carrying out inquiries into the incident.

The father-of-two, from Gateshead, who does not want to be identified, said: "I want to warn parents about the danger to youngsters who gather on the green.

"I believe this man was hanging around the kids and trying to befriend them. My daughter, who isn't street-wise, was introduced to him as he had met other youngsters.

"She must have taken something more than drink because I saw her convulsing in Newcastle General Hospital."

Newcastle city centre detectives have arrested and bailed a man in his 20s until mid-July while inquiries go on. …

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