Tayside and Central Scotland

Police warning after children seen on M9 slip road

Children aged between eight and 10 years old have been spotted playing on a motorway slip road near Falkirk.

Police had reports of youngsters on the slip road and later walking at the side of the M9 between the Cadgers Brae and Earlsgate junctions on Saturday.

Officers have issued a warning about the dangers of playing near motorways.

Elaine Marshall, from Police Scotland, said: "Not only is this putting their own lives at risk but also that of other motorway users."

The road safety officer added: "This type of behaviour is extremely dangerous.

"We have carried out a lot of work with the local schools to stress that children should stay away from these roads.

"Traffic on motorways travel much faster than on roads and motorists do not expect to see anybody there. A car travelling at 70mph will take 24 car lengths, or the equivalent of three football pitches, to stop."

Last month, 13-year-old boy Michael Easton, from Polmont, was found dead on the M9 near the Cadgers Brae interchange.

Police said they believed he had crossed the eastbound carriageway before he was hit by a vehicle.

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