New joint initiative to tackle antisocial behaviour
Police Scotland and East Lothian Council have taken the lead in establishing a Problem Solving Partnership with the objective of addressing an increase in youth related antisocial behaviour in the Ashfield Park / Lochend Woods areas of Dunbar.
The Partnership also includes representatives from the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, Dunbar and East Linton Area Partnership and the Dunbar and East Linton Ward Councillors.
Police Officers and Community Wardens will target the affected areas with enhanced high-visibility patrols, including the use of the council’s CCTV van, and will work with local schools in sending out the message that such behaviour will not be tolerated within the community.
Kenneth Black, Manager of East Lothian Council’s Safer Communities Team, said: “East Lothian Council will work alongside colleagues in Police Scotland and other partner agencies in tackling the behaviour of those whose actions are causing alarm and distress to local residents. It should be stressed that it is the behaviour of a minority that is causing concern. Actions taken will include alerting parents to the fact that their children have been spoken to by the Police in the areas affected. The focus of the PSP is on preventing the antisocial behaviour occurring in the first place; however, where appropriate, joint enforcement action will be taken against those who persist in behaving in an antisocial fashion.”
Chief Inspector Steven Duncan, Police Scotland Area Commander for East Lothian said: "We remain committed to working with our partners to tackle anti-social behaviour in East Lothian. Antisocial behaviour causes distress and upset to local residents, and where young people may see their actions as harmless fun, their behaviour can cause fear and alarm to others living in the local community. I would ask parents and guardians to assist us by speaking to their children and warning them on how their behaviour can affect others, and reminding them that such behaviour is not acceptable.”
Members of the public can reports acts of antisocial behaviour to the Police on 101 or the Council’s Antisocial Behaviour Helpline on 01875 824 307.