POLICE are patrolling parks to crack down on underage boozing in connection with a rise in the number of children aged as young as 13 spotted drinking heavily in public places.
Officers from the Rotherham South NPT said that within the last week, they had seen an increase in underage drinking in public places - with children as young as 13 and 14 found to have been drinking large amounts of alcohol.
A spokesperson for the policing team urged parents to keep an eye out for their kids, adding: "Please ensure you know where your kids are and what they are doing.
"Visit https://talktofrank.com/ for extra support."
A police spokeswoman said that officers had seen an increase of underage drinking in Kiveton Park, Rother Valley Country Park in Wales, Cherry Tree Park and Coronation Park, Maltby, Treeton Dyke and Greenlands Park in Dinnington.
She added: "We are carrying out increased patrols and we do inform the child's parents and potentially the school if appropriate - if they are caught drinking."