APPROVAL has been given for an outdoor drinking venue in Kincardine – but it's only for the police.

Officers and new recruits can now buy alcohol from 10am at the Scottish Police College Club, based at Tulliallan, and the changes mean they can also enjoy theatre, films, gaming and bar meals at the venue.

The application to Fife Licensing Board was approved last week, but members needed some reassurance about the request for an outdoor drinking area.

A representative from the club said: "The campus is a large area – there are many people walking through with their dogs.

"There's not many young people that hang about, probably a large police presence scares them off.

"But people drinking at the club – you have to be a member or signed in by a member and people joining the police are generally older than 18."

He added that the club wanted to be able to sell alcohol from 10am due to the pass out parade starting at 11am.

This would allow families to purchase commemorative bottles of whisky before the event started.

An amendment to activities was allowed to include games due to charity and fundraising nights.

A change to permit theatre was also granted due to the annual pantomime taking place at Tulliallan.