Warning over youths climbing rooftops

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Police in East Lothian are warning youngsters of the danger of scaling buildings following several recent reports that groups of youths are climbing on to rooftops in the area.

Enquiries are ongoing after police were called to Ross High School in Tranent three times over the weekend. Witnesses reported seeing groups of boys running around on the roof of the school.

There have been other instances in recent weeks of damage being caused to buildings on the High Street in Tranent as a result of locals accessing the roofs.

Police Scotland is concerned that someone is going to get seriously injured if the trend continues. Sergeant Jon Fleetwood said: “Whether climbing on rooftops is becoming some sort of new craze in the area remains unclear, but these incidents are being investigated thoroughly and it is something we are very concerned about. Not only are the culprits causing structural damage to the buildings - they are also putting their lives in danger.”

Anyone with information on these incidents can contact Police Scotland on 101 or, alternatively, the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.