Girl (14) in drunken breach allegation at Hawick and alcohol seized from underagers in Galashiels

A 14-YEAR-OLD girl has been charged with breaching the peace while she was allegedly drunk, writes Bob Burgess.

Police confirmed today that she was arrested on Saturday outside Hawick Rugby Club’s Mansfield Park.

The club’s annual seven-a-side tournament was taking place. It’s claimed she was creating a disturbance.

It was one of three separate incidents involving underage drinking at the tournament – despite an earlier police warning of a clampdown.

Police ejected a 16-year-old from the ground after they say he was found intoxicated. He was arrested a short time later and charged with breaching the peace.

Officers also seized alcohol from a group of 15 to 17-year-olds within Mansfield Park and a youth aged 18 has been reported to the procurator fiscal accused of supplying drink to the under age teenagers.

At the start of the 7s rugby season police appealed for people to enjoy themselves without getting drunk.

A spokesman for Lothian and Borders Police said : “We will continue to challenge underage drinking and disorderly conduct at the Borders rugby sevens and the summer festivals.”

And it’s been revealed that in Galashiels, alcohol was confiscated from 15 and 16-year-old youths on two separate occasions on Saturday. Police have informed their parents.

In relation to the Galashiels incidents the police spokesman said: “ Officers routinely look for underage drinking.

“The alcohol has to be obtained from somewhere and we will always attempt to identify the source.”

Police appealed for spectators attending tournaments at Peebles and Langholm this weekend to enjoy their day but to drink responsibly.