Under-age drinkers have been warned to stay out of Wan Chai as police crack down on young revellers. Police say young drinkers - some just 14 years old - are moving from Lan Kwai Fong convenience stores to the much earthier Lockhart Road and are 'just asking for trouble'. The teenagers have begun boozing outside the 7-Eleven opposite Escape nightclub - formerly Fenwicks nightclub - police said. The move en masse to Wan Chai has alarmed them. It began this summer, a police spokesman explained, and has just taken off. 'These kids at 14, 15, 16 years old are too young to be drinking, particularly in the likes of Wan Chai,' Chief Inspector Paul Edmiston, district operations officer for Wan Chai, said. A week ago a police operation in the area landed 12 under-age drinkers in Wan Chai police station, and brought about a frosty meeting with their parents. Police said they would be continuing to target them to scare them off as Wan Chai presents many more dangers than Lan Kwai Fong. Police will also target the bars involved. 'Of all the bar areas in the world, it is probably one of the safest ones, but it's not a place for kids of that age,' Edmiston said. 'It's more difficult to police the 7-Eleven - as long as they don't drink beer on their premises, 7-Elevens are not doing anything illegal. 'But when you only have a young staff member or a middle-aged woman behind the counter on their own and the place is filled with teenagers, it's tough to expect them to check everyone for IDs. It's pretty intimidating for 7-Eleven staff. We really want to just deter them from drinking alcohol down there. 'It's a different clientele than in Lan Kwai Fong and has definitely more dangers. They're asking for trouble. It's for their safety that we are taking this action. We're concerned for them.' Kevin McBarron, owner of the Canny Man bar, which is across the street from the 7-Eleven, said that on Wednesday and Friday nights over the summer it had been 'the worst ever' for teenagers gathering in that area to drink. 'There were fights every Wednesday and Friday night,' he said. 'The bar owners tried to crack down on it too as it was getting that bad. It goes through peaks and troughs, though, so hopefully it'll calm down again now that the school summer holidays are over.' Even if they don't buy alcohol from the 7-Eleven, the alcohol promotions in Wan Chai are such today that teenagers on a certain allowance a week can get a few beers without having to spend too much. 'We're seriously considering what we're going to do here,' Edmiston said. 'When there's young people down there late at night obviously drunk, you have to be worried about their safety. Hopefully word will get around the schools that we're serious about this and it will deter them from going to Wan Chai.' Stanley has become another spot for under-age drinkers. Police said drinkers as young as 13 had been found drinking in Stanley and that they would be stepping up operations there, too.