PARENTS in Clydebank are being urged to ensure their children wear a helmet when cycling following a significant increase in the number of children being treated for head trauma in hospital.

Eighteen incidents of moderate trauma have been dealt with by medics at the Royal Hospital for Children in Glasgow in the three months since lockdown restrictions came into force, compared with only 13 for the whole of last year.

Gil Paterson, Clydebank’s MSP, is backing a public safety campaign launched following the increase in injuries.

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Mr Paterson said: “I know since the lockdown there has been a huge surge in constituents taking up cycling. Unfortunately, there appears to be a worrying trend about safety.

“I urge constituents to ensure, if their child or any family member, has taken up an interest in cycling, to ensure it is done safely, with a helmet and lights for later on.

“The campaign is important - it is actually lifesaving advice that should be acted on.”