A mother has criticised a nightclub's Jägerbomb drinks offer after finding her underage daughter 'passed out in the doorway' of a nearby bingo hall.
Janice Hopper said she was 'lucky' to find her 16-year-old daughter before somebody else did, and is now calling on local authorities to take 'preventative action'.
Her teenage child had been to Acapulco nightclub in Halifax on Monday 19 July with a group of friends, but became unwell after drinking 10 drinks - having been sold 10 Jägerbombs for just £7.50.
Speaking to Yorkshire Live, Hopper said: "There was a group of 12 of them - four 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 than most soft drinks available over the bar. It just encourages binge drinking and will only end with bad things happening.
"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."
Simon Woodcock, who runs the nightclub, defended the cheap drinks promotion - saying it was a way of allowing less wealthy residents to buy drinks, and that it only lasted until 11pm.
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."
Woodcock also stressed that the club had 'stringent' ID policies in place, and that there would be an investigation into the incident.
He continued: "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."
Cllr Jenny Lynn, Calderdale Council's Cabinet Member for Public Services and Communities, told Yorkshire Live in a statement: "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 underage drinking.
"If concerns are raised, we will respond and take enforcement action if necessary. We also work with health partners to explain and educate around the dangers of excessive drinking.
"As more bars, clubs and restaurants reopen following the easing of Covid restrictions, we want those visiting local businesses to have a safe and enjoyable time. We're proud of Halifax town centre's Purple Flag status, which recognises excellence in the management of the evening and night-time economy.
"Central to this accreditation is our successful working relationships with the hospitality trade, through the Halifax Town Centre Pubwatch. We also continue to work with businesses across the borough to support their safe reopening."
LADbible has reached out to Acapulco nightclub for comment.
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