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Canal tours for children aim to stop vandalism

posted 21 Apr 2009, 05:34 by David Rintoul   [ updated 1 Nov 2009, 01:46 ]

Schoolchildren are set to be given educational tours of the Union Canal to beat vandalism.

An increase in graffiti and vandalism along the tow path of the city's canal has forced operator British Waterways Scotland to consider the move.

The firm is looking at introducing one-hour water safety boat trips, which it has been operating for primary school children in West Lothian for the last seven years.

The trips, which have slashed the number of vandalism attacks, involve talks by community police officers on vandalism and graffiti, as well as the chance to learn about the history of the canal and water safety.

Among the worst hit areas for graffiti along the canal in recent months have been Harrison Park and Wester Hailes, and it is hoped that the city's primary schools closest to the canal will be involved in the initiative.