Cop crackdown on teen boozing

Inspector Campbell Crawford and police constable Mindy MacRae with the results of a weekend patrol at Overlee park.
Inspector Campbell Crawford and police constable Mindy MacRae with the results of a weekend patrol at Overlee park.

POLICE in East Renfrewshire seized 50 litres of alcohol from youths drinking in the streets last weekend.

Community officers are cracking down on drunk and disorderly behaviour, which was flagged as a top concern for residents in a recent consultation.

Enforcement has already started, with a large quantity of booze taken from youths in Overlee park on Saturday night – and officers want to assure residents that the problem is being tackled head-on.

Chief inspector Alan Murray, area commander for East Renfrewshire, told The Extra: “We want to send out the message that drunk and disorderly behaviour will not be tolerated.

“We hope to reach those living locally who have teenage children, to ensure that at all times they know what they’re doing and who they’re with.

“This is an ongoing problem across all areas during the summer, particularly in parks, where youths drink together and sometimes go on to commit violent or disorderly acts in the community.

“It has been flagged up in East Renfrewshire for a number of years and we always put a lot of resources into tackling it, but this year in particular we’re determined to stop it at the source and get as much alcohol off the streets as we can”.

Additional patrols will be out in force in the coming weekends, concentrating on parks like Overlee and Rouken Glen, and chief inspector Murray askes that any hotspots are reported to police by nearby residents.

Drunk and disorderly behaviour was flagged as a priority concern in each community policing area in East Ren – and with the launch of an improved Strathclyde Police website, residents can see what else the local cops are tackling.

Each area now has its own site, detailing the primary concerns and providing a link to individual Twitter accounts for local information.

In Giffnock and Thornliebank, priorities listed also include housbreaking, assault and violent crime and drug dealing and use.

Residents in the Busby, Clarkston and Eaglesham, Netherlee, Stamperland and Williamwood and Newton Mearns South divisions also flagged speeding motorists, and the impact on safety for young children.

For more information and video blogs from your community policing team, visit www.strathclyde.police.uk/your_community.