Mum finds daughter, 16, unconscious after she downed ten 75p Jagerbombs in club
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A furious mum has slammed a nightclub after she found her sixteen-year-old daughter slumped almost unconscious in a doorway.
Janice Hopper says the low price of drinks at popular Halifax nightclub The Acapulco are “a disaster waiting to happen”.
The child entered Acapulco nightclub on Monday, July 19, with a group of friends, but became unwell after drinking ten Jagerbombs.
Her mum asked: “How can we allow our children to be plied with alcohol right under our noses?”
“I was just lucky I found my daughter in the doorway before someone else did. I’m begging the local authorities to take preventative action before you’re reporting a whole different story.”
Ms Hopper told Examiner Live that it had been far too easy for her daughter to enter the club, and that the drinks prices were far too cheap.
She said: “There was a group of 12 of them, 4 of them aren't 18 yet but as most of them had ID they were let in and told ‘to bring it next time’.
“I think they should really review the door staff and also the drink prices. Children should not be able to get into a nightclub and purchase alcohol cheaper that most soft drinks available over the bar. It just encourages binge drinking and will only end with bad things happening."
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“From what my daughter is saying it's quite easy to get in there without ID which is shocking.
"I understand that these businesses have been closed for a long period but they shouldn't be taking risks at the expense of our children's safety.”
However, Simon Woodcock, who runs the club, defended the cheap drinks promotion, saying it only lasted until 11pm, and was a way of allowing less-well-off residents to buy drinks.
He said: “We offer low-cost drinks before 11pm to as a means of inclusion for all the residents of Halifax and the local area, for many of whom salary is below the national average.
“We do not encourage excessive drinking by offering “two for one” promotions and our bar staff are trained to serve responsibly.”
Mr Woodcock added: “We are deeply concerned about this story and investigating matters fully. We will cooperate fully with police and offer a review our CCTV to figure out what has happened.
“We have stringent ID policies in place with our security team. Only official documents (passports and drivers licenses) are accepted as suitable forms of ID.
“Sadly we are often challenged by people who try to gain entry using older siblings ID; we have been working with the police and council for years to address this and would welcome a police initiative with fines or cautions issued as a future deterrent."
Calderdale Council’s Cabinet Member for Public Services and Communities, Cllr Jenny Lynn, said: “We’re aware of the problems and harm that can be caused by underage drinking and take the issue very seriously.
“We work closely with the police to ensure compliance with licensing legislation and will follow up on any reports of under-age drinking".
The Daily Star has approached the club for further comment.
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