Teens found with alcohol on disco buses sent on police programme

Bottles of alcohol taken from young people by police this year

Bottles of alcohol taken from young people by police this year

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Seven young people found with alcohol on buses bound for a teenage disco in Cookstown, had to give up their Saturday to attend an alcohol awareness programme.

Neighbourhood Policing Team Officers delivered the talk, which was held at the Hub.

A NPT Officer with Hub manager Carol Doey

A NPT Officer with Hub manager Carol Doey

The teenagers attended with their parents or guardians.

In a picture post on Facebook, police said the day went well.

"Cookstown NPT officers delivered an alcohol awareness programme to seven young people who attended the Hub with their parents/guardians," they explained.

"This was as a result of being found with alcohol on board while attending local teenage discos, not a great way to spend your Saturday!

Display of illegal drugs

Display of illegal drugs

"Each person attending was issued with a Community Resolution Notice and on speaking with one parent they found the programme very worthwhile and fulfilling.

"This initiative was set up in partnership with our local PCSP in a bid to deal with underage drinking and all the dangers that come along with it. #Keeping People Safe"

Meanwhile officers are also urging those considering using drugs to consider the implications, not just on their health.

Along with a fake display of many illegal substances look like, they posted: "Folks, these are just a few display boxes with different types of drugs that are available out there.

"Don't worry they aren't real. But remember drugs ruin your health, families and you end up with a criminal record. No job!

Drug dealers don't care about you or your family. Remember our crime stoppers number is 0800 555 111."