Rugby club probe after drink arrests

hAWICK Rugby Club is set to investigate a series of incidents involving alleged underage drinking at its annual sevens tournament last weekend, writes Kenny Paterson.

Three teenagers were charged with offences involving alcohol in and around the Mansfield Park ground.

A club spokesman told TheSouthern: “We will be having a full debrief of our sevens tournament soon and these issues will certainly form part of the discussions.”

The youngest arrest was that of a 14-year-old girl who was allegedly drunk – she was charged with breach of the peace. Police also ejected a 16-year-old from the ground after they said he was found intoxicated, and he was arrested a short time later and charged with breach of 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 underage teenagers.

At the start of the sevens season, police appealed for people to enjoy themselves without getting drunk and praised the behaviour of more than 10,000 supporters who attended Melrose Sevens.

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.”

Meanwhile, alcohol was confiscated from 15 and 16-year-old youths in Galashiels on two separate occasions on Saturday. Police have informed their parents.

The police spokesman added: “Officers routinely look for underage drinking. The alcohol has to be obtained from somewhere and we will always attempt to identify the source.”