Ex­tra cops mak­ing a dif­fer­ence in cen­tre

Paisley Daily Express - - Front Page -

Ex­tra po­lice pa­trols in Pais­ley town cen­tre re­sulted in two punch- ups be­ing bro­ken up be­fore any­one was se­ri­ously in­jured over the week­end.

Cops in­creased their num­bers around New Street and the High Street fol­low­ing the tragic death of Pais­ley man Johnny Mcewan in April.

The 33- year- old had been en­joy­ing a night out with friends when he was in­jured.

He passed away in hospi­tal days later.

Fol­low­ing Mr Mcewan’s death, po­lice vowed to stepup their pa­trols and in the early hours of Satur­day morn­ing, of­fi­cers stopped two fights in New Street.

At around 12.30am a teenager was nabbed af­ter punch­ing a 19-year-old man out­side a pub.

And around an hour later an older rev­eller was taken into cus­tody af­ter get­ting in­volved in a fight with a youth.

Both vic­tims suf­fered mi­nor in­juries dur­ing the at­tacks.

Pais­ley In­spec­tor Tarcy Harkins last night wel­comed the pro-ac­tive polic­ing which broke up the in­ci­dents be­fore any­one was se­ri­ously hurt.

She told the Pais­ley Daily Ex­press: “In light of pre­vi­ous in­ci­dents in New Street, po­lice pa­trols in the Pais­ley town cen­tre have been stepped- up to make sure of­fi­cers are there to in­ter­vene and pre­vent vi­o­lence and dis­or­der.

“Over the week­end, ad­di­tional of­fi­cers were able to in­ter­vene with two in­ci­dents which could have re­sulted in vic­tims be­ing more se­ri­ously in­jured.

“I would like to re­as­sure the pub­lic that the ad­di­tional pa­trols will con­tinue for the fore­see­able fu­ture.”

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