TWO initiatives aimed at keeping people safe over the festive period have been launched in Cowdenbeath.

Staying Safe and Keeping Well packs are being handed to local residents as part of efforts from Police Scotland's community team in the town.

The packs aim to help people stay safe whilst out shopping as well as providing them with a booklet of handy information. They include an informative booklet along with a secure shopper pack containing two card defenders, purse bells and a purse/bag cable.

Packs are being distributed at local organised community events and are also available at Cowdenbeath Police Station.

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Following on from the success of last year, the Community Team are also distributing alcohol awareness packs in the Cowdenbeath and the surrounding area to help people stay safe on nights out.

The packs contain reusable bottle protectors, a reusable drink protector, a personal safety alarm, an emergency contact card and a check your drink test strip.

These packs will be handed out in the community, and some will be available in selected licensed premises and Cowdenbeath Police Station.

Police Scotland received funding from Fife Council, Kingdom Housing Association, Ore Valley Housing Association, Colliers and Cardenden Development Forum to support both initiatives.

Sergeant John Nicol said: “We are pleased to have received the support of our partners to supply these packs to help people stay safe during the festive period.

“The party season is a great time, but it's important to drink responsibly. Stay with your friends, and don't leave nights out alone or with strangers.

“If you see any of our officers, then please feel free to approach them to speak about the initiatives or if you have any other concerns or questions."