Teens mar carnival

PUBLISHED: 08:56 24 September 2008 | UPDATED: 22:22 15 June 2010

A 16-year-old was taken to hospital with a suspected drink and drugs overdose during Axminster Carnival as police reported a significant increase in drink-related incidents.

A 16-year-old was taken to hospital with a suspected drink and drugs overdose during Axminster Carnival - as police reported a significant increase in drink-related incidents.The youth was kept in hospital overnight for observation, and two other youths were arrested. They were later released to the custody of their parents.The carnival was marred by a number of incidents - ranging from allegations of assault to arson.A common assault and affray was reported at 9.20pm, in Trinity Square. The incident was said to have been on a father and son by two other men, but there was a counter allegation and the incident is still being investigated. There were four reported assaults during the carnival in total, but with no serious injuries.Two cars were badly damaged by fire in a suspected arson attack at 3.43am on Sunday. Firefighters were called out to the vehicles on Coombe Lane, where a small area of fencing was also damaged by heat and smoke.Several incidents of disturbances were reported - some believed to be caused by youths from the Honiton area - and police seized a large quantity of alcohol from under-age drinkers.A mobile phone was reported stolen from a person's pocket, in Church Street, between 8pm and 9.15pm. Sergeant Dave Sheldrake, of Axminster Police, said that most trouble-makers did not come from the town.He said: "The vast majority of problems were caused by a small number of youths from the Honiton and Ottery St Mary areas, who seemed to have travelled here with the intention of getting very drunk and causing trouble. "They were mainly aged between 13 and 17. "It was a great pity because there were many decent young families caught up in some of this drunken behaviour. I would, however, like to defend our local young people, who, on the whole, were well behaved. They know us and we know them - it makes such a difference."He added that measures would be put in place next year to avoid some of the problems experienced at this year's carnival.


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