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Police warn bus loads of kids planning GCSE celebrations in Dungannon pubs to stay away

'We have heard reports of buses of children planning to come to Dungannon from farther afield to attend licensed premises in our area'

Teenagers planning to celebrate GCSE exam results on Thursday have been warned not to waste their time trying to access Dungannon’s pubs.

The PSNI says it is aware of plans for bus loads of children planning to travel to the town from further afield to celebrate on licensed premises.

But officers have put the word out for the bar owners and bouncers to be on their guard and warn those who were making such plans to stay away.

A PSNI spokesperson said: “We have heard reports of buses of children planning to come to Dungannon from farther afield to attend licensed premises in our area.

“Now comes the warning – our licensees are well aware of the law and their door staff will be thoroughly checking IDs before letting people in.

“If you’re not over 18 you will be turned away and have the prospect of a night on the streets of Dungannon. And as it’s Northern Ireland let’s face it, there will be rain!

“We will be on duty and ready to deal with those thinking false IDs are the way in. Don’t be duped – the door staff are switched on and will find you out and pass you on to us.

“We don’t want to criminalise young people but if you are trying to use a false ID you will have to be brought to our attention.

“Parents – please please please check where your kids are planning to celebrate tomorrow night. It’s their safety we have in mind.”

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