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Boy, 15, arrested for drink-driving

A 15-year-old boy is among 32 people who have been arrested for drink-driving offences as police crack down over the Christmas period.

The teenager, from Greenhithe, Kent, was detained at 4.10am on December 7 as part of a national campaign by police forces throughout December highlighting the dangers of drink-driving and targeting those suspected of breaking the law.

He has been charged with theft, driving while under the influence of alcohol, driving without insurance and driving without a licence. He has been bailed to appear at Chatham Youth Court on January 6, Kent Police said.

The boy is one of 20 people to have already been charged and handed a court date, a force spokesman said.

Kent Police said they arrested 29 men and three women for alcohol-related driving offences.

Chief Inspector Matthew Kendall said: "One drink isn't worth the risk so the advice is simple: if you are driving, do not drink; if you are drinking, do not drive.

"To support this message, our officers have been routinely stopping anyone suspected of driving under the influence.

"In the first seven days of December we made 32 arrests. Our busiest night was Saturday December 6, with 10 arrests.

"In both 2012 and 2013, the busiest night of the month for drink-drive arrests was the second Friday, so Kent Police will be continuing to make arrests where necessary throughout December.

"The majority of road users are responsible but Kent Police will not tolerate anyone who puts the lives of others at risk."

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