Keeping Safe this Summer campaign is launched

SEX, drug, crime and alcohol advice is being given out to Weston College students ahead of the peak summer season.

Students are being briefed by police on how to look after themselves and their property, particularly as the summer festival season gets underway.

The Keeping Safe this Summer campaign has been launched across all three campuses, in partnership with Avon and Somerset Constabulary.

An event was held at the college and free special marker pens were given out so students can invisibly postcode belongings.

As well as this 250 ‘spikeys’ - plastic stoppers covering bottle tops to prevent drinks from being spiked - were given out free of charge, along with information about skin cancer, drugs, alcohol and sexual health.

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College welfare officer, Mandy Lee, said: “This is the season of festivals and we wanted to ensure our students have the best possible advice whatever they do this summer.

“They can still enjoy themselves and by taking a few sensible precautions avoid their experience being ruined.”

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Mandy and onsite nurse, Susan Tanner, were the driving force behind the health and safety event and were joined by PC Marc Flavell, the beat manager for the college, and PCSO, Miles Vowles.

The event also provided students with advice on personal safety, property, tent security, and safekeeping money tips.

When the students return from their holidays, drop in sessions will be running once a month on a Monday at the college.

Officers will be available from 12.30pm for one hour for college staff and students to talk to.

A police spokesman said: “This is a mutually beneficial arrangement for both us and the college.”

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