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Allerthorpe wood
Allerthorpe wood

TEENAGE parties involving bonfires and booze are being regularly held at a popular walking spot, it has been claimed.

Allerthorpe Woods was the scene of two gatherings in a matter of days according to Ian Goodall, a Pocklington man who regularly walks his dogs around the secluded area.

He tries to keep the area free from litter during his frequent visits, and recently collected up nearly 80 empty booze bottles.

There was also evidence of bonfires being lit using branches ripped from trees.

Mr Goodall said: “I have done this clean-up a few times in the past two years.

“The police have been advised, as has the Forestry Commission, who now have to go in again to clean-up the ‘fire pit’ area of all broken glass that was not easy to collect.

“The bottles were scattered far and wide, and so I know many more are still to be found once the ferns die down.

“Not only are these morons totally anti-social, with leaving their debris for people like myself to collect and dispose of, but they are also totally stupid setting bonfires inside weeds and this time due to lack of old wood they even tried to burn live branches hacked off trees.”

It comes just weeks after the Post reported that a gang of underage boozing teenagers had been partying at Chapel Hill in Pocklington.

It led to the police helicopter being scrambled after one 13-year-old young girl, who was with the group, had been reported missing by her parents.

Sergeant Pete Rogers of Pocklington Police confirmed that incidents of under-age drinking in Allerthorpe Woods had been reported, especially around exam time, early in the summer. He was concerned that parents had been seen dropping off their children with alcohol, which he described as “irresponsible” and did not help in their fight against under-age drinking and could land the parents with an £80 fixed penalty notice.

Sgt Rogers also pointed out the dangers of drinking in the woods, saying: “It’s a large area and heavily wooded and if there are young people under the influence and not fully in control of their senses, it is dangerous.”

Mr Goodall says empties he cleared could spark more debate on cheap supermarket booze, with many bottles bought from newly-opened discount store Aldi.

He fears the cheaper booze- which can be up to half the price of the more well-known branded beers in other shops- could quickly become the top choice for younger teenagers.

Sgt Rogers added that the police work closely with the licensed premises in the town, including supermarkets, and that would continue.