South Yorshire Police plea for prom safety

Chief Supt Paul McCurry
Chief Supt Paul McCurry
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School leavers gearing up for their proms are being urged to keep themselves safe and abide by the law.

With this year’s prom season now under way as students leave school after their exams, South Yorkshire Police are urging youngsters not to drink alcohol or use drugs.

Officers are urging students to make pre-arranged plans, agreed with their parents, including a set time by which they should be safely home.

Students are being urged to make sure there is enough credit and charge on their phones in case they need to make any urgent calls.

And students are also being advised to use only registered taxi firms to get them to and from their proms - and not to walk home alone.

Parents are also being asked not to provide any alcohol to their children - not even as a misguided end-of-exams treat.

They are also being urged to talk to their children about their plans for the night.

Superintendent Paul McCurry, of South Yorkshire Police, said: “This is an important event for young people and it is important that they stay safe.

“I would suggest that all young people follow this safety advice and have a safe enjoyable evening.”

Helen Cooper, Licensing Officer in Rotherham, said: “This is a very important night for many young people.

“It is something they plan for and look forward to for many weeks.

“We would like this to be a special night for all of them, but would encourage them to keep themselves safe.

“Drinking alcohol affects the judgement of some of their decision-making.

“If anyone is found to be providing or selling alcohol to anyone under the age of 18, they will be dealt with under current licensing legislation which could result in a fine of up to £20,000 or their licence being revoked.

“Anyone under the age of 18 found in possession of alcoholic drinks will have them confiscated.”