Landowner clears skipload of litter from young drinkers

Litter and empty drinks containers dumped by underage drinkers in a Bicester beauty spot.''Submitted by Thames Valley Police.
Litter and empty drinks containers dumped by underage drinkers in a Bicester beauty spot.''Submitted by Thames Valley Police.
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A Caversfield landowner faced a big clean-up operation after groups of young drinkers left a skipload of rubbish in woods next to a popular footpath.

Members of Bicester’s Neighbourhood Policing Team published a picture of the rubbish, which included bottles, cans and fast food wrappers, as well as items such as disposable barbecues.

PCSO Chris Kidd said much of the litter left near the footpath between Caversfield and Fringford came from groups of underage drinkers.

He said: “It’s a problem with underage drinking in a secluded location. I believe it was over the last couple of weeks since the schools have broken up for the holidays.

“Over the last couple of years there’s been a big decline in the amount of underage drinking in public places.

“This is the first time in two or three years we’ve had something of this magnitude.”

He added: “Because it’s so secluded they probably thought they would be out of the way and not causing any harm.

“I think they’re being a bit naive and not thinking about the effect on other people.”

PCSO Kidd said stop-checks had confirmed the young drinkers were underage, and said they were given stern words of advice and had their alcohol confiscated.

Youngsters may also risk a criminal record if they do not heed warnings.

“If anyone is caught three times in three months they can be taken to court for persistent possession of alcohol in a public place under the age of 18,” said PCSO Kidd.

The path cuts across agricultural land, and is a popular nature trail with local schools.

PCSO Kidd said the path is now included in evening patrols, and warning signs have been put up.