Students urged to socialise safely

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With exam results looming, police are urging students to stay safe when planning any post-results party nights out.

Supt David Moore, District Commander, said, “We understand young people will want to go out and celebrate their results after all their hard work however we have found that sometimes high spirits can go a little too far with some overindulging in alcohol and getting into trouble.

“We want to keep the number of alcohol-related incidents to a minimum and remind everyone that each of us is responsible for our own actions, even when under the influence of alcohol. A criminal record for assault or a public order offence can put a blight on future career prospects and could have even longer-term consequences, like affecting your eligibility to get a travel visa or gain entry to some countries.

“Don’t get caught up in the moment and let yourself be persuaded to take drugs in the name of celebration. Not only are you putting your health and future at risk, but you also face the prospect of conviction. If you are with someone who falls ill contact emergency services immediately, even if you suspect that they have taken drugs. A call for help could save a life!

“We also want to make sure anyone planning on heading out to celebrate their results puts as much thought into how they are getting home at the end of night as they do into how they are getting there and what they are wearing. It’s a good idea to have your lift home arranged or taxi pre-booked before you go out.

“It’s also important that friends look out for each other. Be responsible and stick together.

“Finally, congratulations to everyone who has got their results and if you are going out to celebrate, have a great (and safe) night.”

Chair of Armagh Banbridge and Craigavon PCSP, Councillor Julie Flaherty said: “We hope all those students out celebrating exam success have a great night, but it is important that they make sure the night out is a memorable one – for the right reasons.

“Please hang on to your ability to think straight and keep safe. The last thing we want is for a young person to end up as a victim of alcohol-fuelled crime or facing a criminal conviction. A lot of harm can be avoided by taking control of our own safety, looking out for each other and limiting the alcohol we drink.”