Extra cops making a difference in centre
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.”