Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 


Hamilton Police appalled at child given alcohol

Appalling is how Hamilton Police describe adults giving child alcohol

Hamilton Police who dealt with an incident of a young child being given a large amount of alcohol in a park yesterday say they were appalled at the time and are even more concerned having seen footage of the boy posted on social media today.

City Area Commander, Inspector Greg Nicholls, said Police attended the Fairfield Park Skate-bowl on Clarkin Rd about 6pm after calls from a concerned person to the 111 call centre.

"An officer arrived but the parties concerned had left. The nine-year-old boy was located a short time later at his nearby home where Police spoke to his understandably upset mother.

"The mother, who with her son met with me this afternoon, told the attending officer she thought the boy was across the road playing and she wasn't aware he was elsewhere, being put at risk by persons providing him alcohol."

Mr Nicholls said the only way he could describe the behaviour of the persons who supplied the nine-year-old boy with alcohol was to state it was appalling.

"The boy told me he had consumed eight cans of 7% premix bourbon and cola and two liqueur shots.

"Not only is giving a child alcohol illegal it has the potential to be significantly harmful to his health and the people concerned should be aware that the new alcohol legislation introduced late last year gives the Police a raft of sanctions from issuing a warning through to an infringement notice and taking court action.

Mr Nicholls said what ever action will be taken will be something taken under consideration but as of last night the primary concern for the Police and partner agencies was the care and protection of the young boy.

"To that end Police are working very closely with Child Youth and Family to ensure the boy gets the appropriate care he needs and the family are given whatever support is required.

"In relation to the posting of the young boy's image on You Tube, while Police are grateful the cameraman rang 111 we feel the boys interests would have been better served had he provided the footage to Police or CYFS rather than further victimise the child by publishing the footage."

Mr Nicholls said Police are currently seeking the cooperation of Google to assist us in removing the clip from You Tube.

While the matter is of grave concern to all the agencies involved, Mr Nicholls said there was one small positive that showed Hamilton is a caring and concerned community.

"As soon as the footage was uploaded to You Tube several calls were placed by concerned members of the public to the 111 call centre and a number of other people contacted the local Police Station to make sure we are aware of the situation which we are grateful for."

End

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Parliament Today:

Gordon Campbell: On Not Crying Foul, Argentina

So a couple of guys found to be criminally liable of environmental pollution in Argentina lodge an application with the Overseas Investment Office… in order to buy some prime New Zealand rural land. Seems that their factory back home had carelessly and/or intentionally discharged toxic waste into the Lujan river. Bummer... More>>

ALSO:

Urban & Rural: $303m To Merge And Modernise New Zealand’s Fire Services

Internal Affairs Minister Peter Dunne today announced funding of $303 million over five years to combine urban and rural fire services into one organisation from mid-2017. More>>

ALSO:

High Trust Regime: What Did The PM Tell His Lawyer About Foreign Trusts?

The Government stopped the IRD from reviewing New Zealand foreign trusts shortly after the Prime Minister’s lawyer wrote to the Revenue Minister claiming John Key had promised him the regime would not be changed. More>>

ALSO:

Road Crime: Wicked Campers Vans Classified As Objectionable

The definition of publication includes any "thing that has printed or impressed upon it, or otherwise shown upon it, 1 or more (or a combination of 1 or more) images, representations, signs, statements, or words", The Classification Office has previously classified such 'things' as billboards, t-shirts, and even a drink can. This is the first time the Classification Office has classified a vehicle. More>>

ALSO:

'When New' Repairs: Landmark EQC Settlement

The Earthquake Commission has cut a deal with 98 Canterbury homeowners that affirms the government entity's responsibility to repair earthquake-damaged property to a 'when new' state, as well as covering repairs for undamaged parts of a property and clarifying its position on cash settlement calculations. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Kiwirail’s Latest Stint In The Dogbox

The denigration of Kiwirail continues. The latest review (based on a 2014 assessment) of the options facing the company have enabled Kiwirail to be hung out to dry once again as a liability and burden on the taxpayer. More>>

ALSO:

Royal Society Report: Good Opportunities To Act Now On Climate Change

There are many actions New Zealand can and should take now to reduce the threat of climate change and transition to a low-carbon economy, a report released today by the Royal Society of New Zealand finds... More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news