Crackdown on crime at school sites

POLICE are set to launch a new summer campaign to tackle crime and antisocial behaviour on school grounds during the holidays.

The School Watch scheme will operate at schools in Prestonpans, Port Seton and Longniddry in East Lothian to combat offending while the buildings are closed for the summer break.

Inspector Helen Miller said: “For the vast majority, the school holidays are the time to visit friends and relatives or get involved in other activities.

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“However, during the summer months we also receive an increase in reports of crime taking place on school grounds and we will be working alongside the local communities this year to address this issue.

“Community officers will visit schools to discuss the consequences of being involved in crime and encourage pupils who witness their peers or anyone else committing an offence to contact police.”