‘Reckless parents’ transporting children to mass gatherings

Officers have been forced to step up patrols following complaints of bad behaviour and intoxication.

Police: Officers branded the breach of lockdown rules 'reckless and irresponsible'. SNS
Police: Officers branded the breach of lockdown rules 'reckless and irresponsible'.

A warning has been issued following reports that parents are transporting their children to and from mass meet-ups with friends that have led to a rise in anti-social behaviour in Inverclyde.

Police Scotland, British Transport Police and community wardens branded the breach of coronavirus lockdown rules “reckless and irresponsible in the current climate”.

Officers have been forced to step up patrols following complaints of bad behaviour, intoxication, and a 16-year-old boy being seriously assaulted.

Over the weekend, they received a number of reports regarding large groups of young people at Greenock Whinhill Golf Course and various other locations across Inverclyde.

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A Police Scotland spokesperson said: “Police are also aware of reports suggesting that parents are facilitating these gatherings by transporting young people to and from these locations, which is reckless and irresponsible in the current climate.

“Safeguarding the young people of Inverclyde is an absolute priority and we appeal to parents, grandparents and guardians to take responsibility. 

“Do you know where your young people are going at night as they could be putting themselves, your family and our community in danger.”

If you witness any anti-social behaviour or large group gatherings in the area, call 101 or Inverclyde community wardens on 0800 01 317 01.


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