Inspector John Docherty from Levenmouth Police Station said: “We know that tackling anti-social behaviour is a key priority for our local communities. During 2018, local services dealt with an increased volume of calls, primarily dealing with young people aged 12-18 years. Concerns identified include young people congregating and drinking alcohol in public places. Repeated thefts of commercial and domestic bins, which were subsequently set on fire, and acts of criminal damage and threats towards those wishing to protect their property.
“In addition to this, the growing trend of young people riding motor and quad bikes across open land and on public roads and footpaths was another significant worry. The risks to the youths and indeed the wider public is a matter of concern for us all.
“A partnership approach to address concerns while also providing diversion options to our young people is currently ongoing. We are actively looking to develop safe places for our young people to go and thereby actively discourage a repeat of the behaviour experienced last year.
“We have prevention, intervention and enforcement activities planned for the coming months. The collaboration includes support from community groups, local businesses, elected members, Police, Fire, Education, Housing Associations, Fife Council Safer Communities, Detached Youth Workers and valued support from our 3rd sector partners from Clued Up, Kingdom Off-Road Motorcycle Group and BRAG.
“We are delighted that today, the Levenmouth Local Area Committe agreed to share the funding with Police Scotland for a dedicated a police commitment to our issues to the sum of £24,515. This will allow us to provide two full time officers to our plans, co-ordinated by Community Sergeant Craig Fyall.
“Over the next 7 months this team will be in place and a combination of partnership work, including high visibility and plain clothed deployments will be in operation across all local communities.
“Be assured that we are listening and we are looking to support local concerns and needs, through this innovative partnership approach.
“We can’t address this without your suppport, so if safe to do so, please consider recording any concerning behaviour you see. Continue to help us by reporting relevant information to Levenmouth’s Community Policing Team via 101.”