Police supporting summer activities

As the summer school holidays get underway and thousands of North-east youngsters begin to enjoy their well-earned break, officers from Aberdeenshire and Moray Division are supporting a number of sporting activities across the region.

Active Aberdeenshire are set to tour the North East over the next five weeks with a variety of drop-in activities including body zorbs and a climbing wall. Their Summer Street Sport Football programme kicked off on Tuesday, (July 7) at Peterhead’s Barclay Park and will visit areas such as Stonehaven, Kintore and Westhill.

The programme has received support from Police Scotland and the Aberdeenshire Community Safety Partnership who have been working to strengthen links with young people and reduce anti-social behaviour across the region.

Superintendent George Macdonald said: “We are delighted to support the ongoing work across the North East to create worthwhile activities for young people to engage with. Active Aberdeenshire and our other partners should be commended for putting on these fun and affordable events that any young person can become involved in.

“Over a number of years, we have seen the levels of youth disorder and underage drinking drop dramatically, which has a positive impact in all our communities. We’ve also seen a growing awareness amongst young people about the dangers of drug and alcohol abuse. The creation of events such as the Summer Street Football programme can only add to this welcome picture.

“We have a lot to be grateful for in the North East, but will never be complacent. We will continue to ask parents ‘do you know where your children are?’ and give young people the chance to engage in this positive scene, rather than allow them to form part of the small minority who get drawn into crime and antisocial behaviour.”

Chair of Community Planning Councillor Richard Thomson said: “This initiative brings organisations together with the purpose of providing active and positive experiences for young people over the summer.”