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Stranraer Academy 'flame thrower' alert issued

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Police have issued a "makeshift flame thrower" warning to parents at a school in Stranraer.

They said it followed an increase in reports of incidents at Stranraer Academy and in the wider community.

Witnesses have seen young people lighting aerosols with naked flames such as cigarette lighters.

Campus police officer PC Ronnie Boyce said it was an "extremely dangerous activity" which could have "devastating consequences".

Parents and guardians have been asked to watch out for signs that their child could be involved including:

  • lighters in school bags or jackets
  • increased use of deodorant
  • aerosols in their possession not bought by the parent
  • smell of burning on clothes
  • singed hair

They have also been asked to be aware of their children's whereabouts at all times.

PC Boyce added that a recent spell of dry weather meant even small fires could quickly get out of control.

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