East Lothian Council

Joint agency approach to tackle anti-social behaviour in Dunbar areas

Published Tuesday 9th May 17

Safer Communities Team, Police Scotland and Scottish Fire and Rescue Service tackle ASB

East Lothian Council’s Safer Communities team, in partnership with Police Scotland and Scottish Fire and Rescue Service are embarking on co-ordinated action to tackle a recent spate of anti-social behaviour, including underage drinking and fire raising in and around Dunbar.

Tom Shearer, Head of Communities and Partnerships, East Lothian Council said:

“Over the past 4-6 weeks a number of fires have been set in Lochend Woods, Dunbar. The continued spell of dry weather means that further fires could become substantial and pose a risk to life and property. In addition, underage drinking, significant littering and other examples of antisocial behaviour have been reported and challenged by both community wardens and local police officers. The area will now be the subject of increased police and community warden patrols over the coming weeks.”

Scottish Fire and Rescue Service crews will attend the area to engage with young people and advise about the dangers of random and inappropriate fire-setting. In addition a number of multi-agency school talks are planned this term at Dunbar Grammar School concerning antisocial behaviour and the serious consequences that may occur.

Chief Inspector Matt Paden, Local Area Commander for East Lothian, said:

"Tackling antisocial behaviour in all its forms remains a priority across East Lothian and officers work closely with our colleagues at East Lothian Council and other relevant agencies to address any such issues whenever they arise.

"We are aware of the recent incidents within Dunbar and I'd like to assure the local community that we are conducting various lines of local inquiry to identify the culprits and deter further incidents taking place.

"Our Youth Community Officers continue to provide inputs to schools on the dangers associated with underage drinking and disorder, while local officers regularly engage with the public to identify antisocial behaviour hotspots so that resources can be deployed appropriately.

"If you would like to report ongoing antisocial behaviour or associated offences in your area then please contact Police Scotland on 101." 

Scottish Fire and Rescue Services spokesperson added

“During the holiday season and especially when there is dry weather, we can unfortunately see an increase in the number of deliberate fires. This illegal activity is not only reckless and dangerous but can divert SFRS resources away from genuine emergencies.

“It is important people understand the potential consequences of this dangerous behaviour. Fires not only put lives at risk but they can devastate homes, affect businesses and damage the local environment.

“We will continue to work very closely with all of our partners in communities across Scotland to reduce deliberate fire-raising.

“Anyone with information about deliberate fire-raising should contact the free and confidential Crimestoppers helpline on 0800 555 111. Fire setting is an offence – don’t accept it, report it.”

For more information on staying safe outdoors, visit http://www.firescotland.gov.uk/your-safety/spring-safety.aspx

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