School campaign launched

Theresa Ritchie, Ian Kennedy and Sgt Craig Johnstone with Rachael Payne and her winning poster
Theresa Ritchie, Ian Kennedy and Sgt Craig Johnstone with Rachael Payne and her winning poster

A poster created by a P7 pupil at Longside School has been chosen to front a new anti-vandalism campaign.

The campaign has been launched as a partnership between Police Scotland and the Buchan Community Safety Group to help reduce vandalism in schools.

P5-7 pupils at Longside, Longhaven, Mintlaw and Peterhead schools were asked to design posters to front the campaign but the winning poster was made by Rachael Payne.

Theresa Ritchie of the Buchan Community Safety Group said: “Rachael’s poster is bright and eye-catching, and I really like her slogan ‘don’t be a fool, keep our school cool’.”

Sergeant Craig Johnstone said: “We’re launching this initiative in Peterhead to raise awareness about vandalism at schools in the area and to highlight the inconvenience it causes not only to the pupils but the wider community.

“I’m grateful for the support of the Buchan Community Safety Partnership, Councillor Jim Ingram and Scrogies, Peterhead with their help in addressing this issue and taking action against it.

“The support of the local community is also important as we all need to work together to show that this anti-social behaviour is not acceptable and there is no place for it.”

Sgt Johnstone added: “Tackling vandalism is a local priority for officers at the Buchan Community Policing Team and by addressing this, we can also hopefully put a stop to other associated anti-social behaviour.

“We would also encourage the local community to continue to report suspicious behaviour to us so we can take action.”