Police Scotland Argyll & West Dunbartonshire

By Bill Heaney

Police in West Dunbartonshire and Argyll and Bute were keeping a close watch on schools and licensed premises near them for young people leaving education for the last time and “celebrating” their departure by drinking to excess.

The “we’ll be watching you” warning came along with congratulations from the Force on what is traditionally a big day for the pupils.

It is however a day when matters can get out of hand when, after drinking, young people have a history of becoming involved in anti social behaviour.

And putting a stain on their character which could stay with them for the rest of their lives as they go on to apply for employment or access to further education.

A Police Scotland spokesperson said today: “We would like to congratulate all school leavers across Argyll and West Dunbartonshire.

“Today is a proud day for you and your families and your achievements should be celebrated responsibly.
“In previous years excess alcohol consumption has led to poor decision making resulting in serious disorder and anti-social-behaviour (ASB).  This leads to young persons putting themselves at risk.
“Please don’t start this new chapter of your life by picking up unnecessary and potentially life altering criminal charges.
“We ask all parents and carers to keep in touch with your children who are planning on celebrating today and to help us keep them safe.
“Our officers will be out supporting local communities today ensuring any acts of disorder or anti social behaviour are dealt with proportionally.”

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