Police in Stirling responded to a number of anti-social behaviour incidents over the weekend at one popular Stirling park.
Officers patrolling Kings Park over the Easter weekend reported that a “number of youths” were behaving anti-socially, illegally drinking and littering rubbish and broken glass.
Despite the majority of park-goers complying with coronavirus restrictions on gatherings, officers were forced to disperse some groups.
In response to the events of the weekend, police have vowed to carry out more patrols at Kings Park on future weekends to prevent repeats of such incidents.
Officers based in Stirling schools will also be working to discuss the impact of anti-social behaviour with young people and local police will be working with council youth staff.
Stirling Community Inspector, Lynsey Kidd said,
“Officers responded quickly and professionally to calls about these issues, moving on and dispersing a number of people who were not complying with the regulations.
“Be assured there will be a continued presence at Kings Park in the coming weekends where issues are most prevalent to disrupt and deter people engaging in anti-social behaviour.
“The local police team is working in partnership with Stirling Council youth services team and our school beat officers continue to engage with their respective schools, highlighting the impact ASB has on the local community. I would encourage members of the public to continue to report any ASB via 101. You can also contact your local community officers with non-urgent matters at firstname.lastname@example.org“.
Locals on social media responded well to the promise of extra patrols, commenting how they were “disgusted” by the amount of litter left behind by groups in the park.
Easter weekend also saw a mass brawl involving a large crowd of young people at The Meadows in Edinburgh, which saw three people charged and left a police officer injured.
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