Local boy, 16, charged after ‘cocaine’ allegedly found at after-school party

The Plough Inn

A teenager has been charged after drugs were allegedly found at an after-school party organised by pupils.

The event was organised by Webster’s High School in Kirriemuir and held at the Plough Inn in Forfar.

The manager of the Plough told the Tele that he was “appalled and horrified” to discover a teen at the party was allegedly found in possession of an “illegal substance”.

The Tele understands that the substance found by a security guard was cocaine.

Ryan Soutar, who took over the Forfar pub only four weeks ago, said the incident happened last Tuesday night.

Mr Soutar said: “I was honouring a booking taken by the previous owners for a party for Webster’s High School pupils following their Christmas disco in the school hall.

“The party was for sixth-year pupils and they were due to arrive at the Plough at 10pm for a party going on until 1am.

Mr Soutar said all the youngsters were admitted at 10pm and added: “At that point, none of the pupils appeared to be under the influence of either drink or drugs.

“We had a very strict no-alcohol policy in place and no alcohol was served to any of the pupils at the party.

“However, shortly after 11pm it became apparent that several of the pupils were showing signs that they had been drinking. I can only assume they had somehow consumed alcohol after arriving in Forfar.

“I have no idea where they got drink from.”

Mr Soutar said a security guard then allegedly found a teenage boy in possession of an illegal substance.

He added: “I immediately called the police and we evicted everyone from the premises.”

Mr Soutar said the incident had a knock-on effect and he had to cancel a party for Forfar Academy pupils the following night.

He said in future he will not take any bookings for parties involving teenagers unless adults are present, including 18th and 21st birthday parties.

He said that police had praised his quick response and subsequent actions.

A spokesman for Police Scotland said: “A 16-year-old boy has been charged in connection with the matter.”

Angus Council was approached for comment but had not responded at the time of going to press.