Police warn students to celebrate results with care

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By Carol_Deacon | Thursday, August 23, 2012, 18:00

Police across Avon and Somerset have a message to students celebrating their GCSE exam results today – let your hair down, but not your guard.

Officers will be keeping an eye out for teenagers in parks and open spaces to make sure they party safely and responsibly.

They will also be countering underage drinking by confiscating alcohol, and could use dispersal powers to break up groups of young people behaving in an anti-social way.

The message is – police are not being killjoys. 

A spokesman said: "We just want to ensure that students stay safe and enjoy themselves without affecting other people. 

"Let your hair down by all means, but not your guard."

And the advice is:

  • Trust your instincts. If you don't feel comfortable in a situation, leave it;
  • Try to avoid putting yourself in a situation where you are relying on other people; they might not be there when you need them; 
  • Be aware of your alcohol consumption – it impairs your judgements and can reduce your safety;
  • Ensure your friends are aware of where you are and where you are going;
  • On a night out always keep an eye on your drink and don't accept drinks from strangers; 
  • Think ahead and always plan your journeys, avoiding isolated or deserted areas;
  • Avoid walking alone at night, and keep to well-lit main roads where possible; 
  • Try not to use shortcuts through dark alleys, waste ground or parks;
  • Stay alert: be aware of what's going on around you; and
  • Avoid wearing headphones when travelling alone. Your ability to hear what is going on around you is severely impaired.
  • Always ensure someone knows where you are going, your intended route and your expected arrival time. 
  • If threatened, then shout and scream to draw attention to yourself.

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