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Police urge students to celebrate the end of exams responsibly

Friday, 27th May 2011.

Young people across Suffolk are being asked to keep celebrations safe as many students approach the end of their exams and reach the end of the school term.

GCSE exams are coming to an end and the half-term holidays are approaching, a time of year which traditionally sees students letting their hair down and celebrating with parties.

Suffolk police say they would like people to enjoy themselves but are urging them to behave sensibly and to avoid becoming involved in anti-social behaviour.

They warn they will be taking a zero tolerance approach to under-age drinking and they are reminding all that alcohol will be seized if it is found in the possession of anyone who appears to be under 18.

Police are aware that details of end-of-school parties are being circulated via social networking sites such as Facebook, and officers are keen to ensure that these do not get out of hand.

Ch Supt David McDonnell said: “We are aware that students across the county are finishing school and completing their exams, so are preparing to celebrate the end of what can be stressful time.

"We would like people to be able to enjoy themselves during these celebrations but we will not be tolerating incidents of anti-social behaviour.”

“While on patrol, our officers will be looking out for minority of young people who may be causing disruption to others, and for anyone who appears to be drinking under age.

"Many of the problems we encounter stem from individuals consuming large amounts of alcohol and we will be taking action against anyone who is found to have supplied alcoholic drinks to people who are under age.”

“I would like to ask parents to speak to their children and to remind them to behave sensibly at this time, by talking to them about the dangers of excessive drinking.

"We would also advise that you speak to them about the potential dangers of advertising parties via social networks.

"This can sometimes result in the number of attendees increasing dramatically, often with uninvited people gate-crashing the parties and making it difficult for the organisers to control.

"Consequently damage may be caused to the venue and surrounding areas and anti-social behaviour can occur. We do not want to stop young people having fun, but want to encourage everyone to act responsibly.”

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