Police crack down on Lochaber anti-social behaviour

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Police officers in Lochaber have been working with The Highland Council to tackle anti-social behaviour.

Police and the council’s community warden carried out patrols with other agencies during the operation last weekend.

High profile checks were also carried out in an effort to clamp down on the number of youths obtaining alcohol from licenced premises.

Constable Brian Heriot said: ‘Tackling anti-social behaviour is one of the priorities in Police Scotland’s Policing Plan for 2019-20 and is an issue regularly raised by communities.

‘These two days of action have seen increased proactive patrolling and a noticeable decrease in reported incidents of anti-social behaviour which has been an issue through the summer.’

Highland Council operates a bye-law which prohibits drinking alcohol in public places in Fort William and Kinlochleven.

A number of members of the public were spoken to by police in regards to this and alcohol disposed of.

Constable Heriot added: ‘The amount of discarded bottles found littering the area around where we know youths to frequent shows the problem and this operation has taken a small step to deter this activity.

‘This operation has been the first for a while, designed to target this problem head on. Further joint operations are planned and we thank the public for their continued support in attempting to curb all aspects of anti-social behaviour.’

Mathew Prosser, The Highland Council’s Community Warden, said: ‘It has been good to work together with police and show the public we are taking anti-social behaviour seriously. I look forward to future joint operations dealing with this issue.’

 

The number of discarded alcohol bottles recovered by police highlights the scale of the problem.

NO F35 confiscated booze