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Safety advice for students

13 Feb 2015 10:57 AM

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Police visited a Gateshead School recently to give students advice about staying safe.

PC Chris Cooke from the Outer West Neighbourhood Policing Team gave an input to a group of 150 Year 12 students at St Thomas More RC School in Blaydon as part of their pastoral programme.

He gave advice to the teenagers about how to stay safe when on a night out, reminding them to look after their friends and to make sure everyone gets home safely.

PC Cooke said: "We reminded the students of the importance of keeping themselves safe when going out on an evening and the dangers of alcohol and other substances including legal highs which can cause issues for young adults.

"We also explained that people who drink alcohol are more likely to get involved in anti-social behaviour which can impact on their community and this will mean they may come to the attention of the police. Teenagers who drink can also make themselves vulnerable and may become a victim of crime or antisocial behaviour themselves.

"We had a lively discussion about this and the role of the police in keeping people safe as well as upholding the law."

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