DRUNK children were caught with booze in an half-term holiday operation.
A 12-year-old boy was the youngest found under the influence in the Seaham crackdown.
He had a bottle of cider on him when he was stopped by police.
He was with four other intoxicated boys and girls, the oldest 15.
All five were taken by police to the leisure centre and their parents were called to collect them.
Officers who ran the operation, which also covered Murton, Easington Village and Easington Colliery, said each family told off their child for their behaviour when they heard of what the youngsters had been doing.
Police said the Friday night checks highlighted other concerns, including underlining issues relating to their home life, which will be investigated by the Youth Offending Service.
Sergeant Jim Peel, of Seaham Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “Operation Staysafe is built on partnership between the police and local authorities. It aims to protect vulnerable children and young people whose behaviour or whereabouts places them at risk of significant harm.
“Street drinking has been raised as a public concern and we will continue to work hard in partnership with other agencies to tackle it.”