Children hit beach with no-drink message

NO ALCOHOL ZONE: Youngsters want Barry Island to be family friendly (7473986)

THREE CHEERS: Charlie, Georgia and Eiddan get the no alcohol message across (7473991)

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YOUNGSTERS from Barry have used their artistic licence to send out a message to anyone thinking of consuming alcohol on town’s beaches.

Cadoxton Primary Year 5 pupil, Georgia Jones, scooped first prize with her design for the 2014 Barry Island Alcohol Prevention Poster.

Her illustration will now be displayed at businesses in Barry Island, and at train stations to re-enforce the message that alcohol is an unwelcome visitor to the popular seaside resort.

The Barry Neighbourhood Policing Team (NPT) from Barry Station welcomed entries from children, aged between 10 and 16 years and the PCSOs have teamed up with the British Transport Police.

The contest is in its fourth year and both the winner and the runners were given prizes which have been donated by local business owners.

Mum-of-two Natalie Jones said she was very proud that Georgia, 10, and younger sister Charlie, eight, had finished first and second in the contest.

Barry Island primary pupil, Eiddan Ballard, 11, said he was excited when he discovered he had finished third and it was also important to have the ban to prevent children cutting themselves on any broken glass.

Georgia wins a Smuggler's Cove golf game and ice-cream, courtesy of Alfie from Barry Island Promenade Amusements plus £25 of tokens for Barry Island Pleasure Park donated by Vernon Studt.

Charlie wins Blue Nose friends teddies from Stardust and a £10 voucher from Boofy’s, Codfather of Soul.

And Eiddan wins two games for four people at Quasar, Barry Island.

The contest forms part of Operation Blue Sea which runs until the end of August 31 which will see police crack down on offenders by deploying extra patrols.

Three men, who had consumed alcohol, were removed from near wall four, Whitmore Bay beach around 2pm on Sunday (June 22), following reports that they were drunk and being abusive.

Officers escorted them off Barry Island.

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