SCHOOL teachers asked police to crack down on under-age drinking to stop pupils turning up to lessons hung over.
Officers from Huddersfield South Neighbourhood Policing Team visited town centre pubs and clubs last week following complaints that teenagers had been seen drinking in pubs.
Sgt John McFadzean said 12 people aged 16 or under, some with fake identification, were found drinking.
Some were aged just 14.
Police said there had been concerns from several high schools and sixth form colleges in Huddersfield and Elland about drinking by students.
Wednesday night is regarded as student night in the town.
Sgt McFadzean said: “A number of complaints have been received from tutors and teachers about the effects of drinking on students.
“Some have been missing lectures or turning up worse for wear.”
The under-age drinkers were referred to a police-run alcohol awareness course.
Premises were warned about their duties not to sell to youngsters.
Sgt McFadzean said: “We aren’t being spoilsports, but young people should know the potentially detrimental effects of alcohol to their health.
“We would urge parents to be aware of where their children are going.
“It’s better to fall out with your child by stopping them from going out drinking than to have to visit them in hospital.”