Police appeal for help to identify schoolchildren taking part in pre-arranged fights in Hamilton
Police are appealing for help to identify schoolchildren involved in organising pre-arranged fights at social events in the City of Hamilton.
A police spokesman said that while they had not received any complaints, they were aware of video clips circulating online and were keen to identify the people involved – and their parents – to speak to them about their behaviour.
Chief Inspector Alex Rollin said: “Throughout the course of the summer it has come to our attention that groups of children are frequenting the City of Hamilton – or events – with the intention of engaging in antisocial behaviour inclusive of fighting.
“This appeal is aimed at parents and guardians of our youngsters. Part of solving the challenge lies with you and the knowledge of where your child is, who they are with and what they are doing.
“Conversations must be had about the impacts of violence and how it effects families and beyond.”
Mr Rollin added: “Young people have to weigh up their future aspirations against petty beefs and show boating for friends. Parents and guardians must stress the importance of life, goals and being a productive member of the community.
“While I mention parents and guardians, this goes far beyond them. Extended and immediate family as well as friends, should look to take any opportunity to guide young people on to the right path.
“Let us put in the effort early on, while they are developing decision making skills and learning about consequences of actions to try and steer them away from negative behaviours.”
Anyone with information is urged to contact the police at 211, 295-0011 or share the information with a police officer they know.