TEENAGERS are being warned of the dangers of climbing on buildings after youths were spotted climbing on the roof of a school closed for the summer holidays.

High-visibility police patrols are being carried out after complaints were passed on to the officers about youngsters climbing on King’s Meadow Primary School.

Constable Lynn Black, who chaired the last meeting of Haddington and Lammermuir Community and Police Partnership (CAPP) meeting, told the Courier: “We had some complaints from members of the public passing by who had seen a group of youths – we don’t if they were male or female or their age.

“Community warden Calum Colquhoun popped by when he was off duty and saw some early teens who were female youths and tried to dissuade them from doing it.

“It is more about their safety than damage to the school.”

Discussions have taken place with East Lothian Council, who confirmed that “a couple of minor incidents [were] reported to the police”, but there were no plans to lock gates to keep youngsters out of the school grounds.

A spokeswoman for East Lothian Council said: “There are currently some roofing repairs being carried out at the school and so there are staff present both during the working day and security overnight, with no plans to lock external gates.”

The issue will be discussed at the ward’s next CAPP meeting on Monday.

The meeting takes place in Haddington Town House at 6.30pm and will be chaired by the new Haddington community officer, Constable Charlie Duncan.