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Bid to curb street drink­ing and vi­o­lence

Rutherglen Reformer - - Front Page - Dou­glas Dickie

Ruther­glen Po­lice are pre­par­ing to crack down on an­ti­so­cial be­hav­iour this sum­mer.

The Re­former can re­veal they will tar­get the border ar­eas be­tween Ruther­glen and Glas­gow as part of a joint oper­a­tion with their part­ners in the city.

Ruther­glen Po­lice are pre­par­ing a crack­down on an­ti­so­cial be­hav­iour this sum­mer.

The Re­former can re­veal they will tar­get the border ar­eas be­tween Ruther­glen and Glas­gow as part of a joint oper­a­tion with their part­ners in Glas­gow.

Oper­a­tion Bound­ary will run along­side the na­tional Safe Sum­mer cam­paign, which was launched last week by Po­lice Scot­land.

The cam­paign will tackle al­co­hol­re­lated vi­o­lence, of­fen­sive weapons and dis­or­der and an­ti­so­cial be­hav­iour. It will be de­liv­ered by lo­cal po­lice di­vi­sions, which will tar­get hot spots spe­cific to their lo­cal vi­o­lence pro­file.

It is hoped the crack­down will re­duce crime through ef­fec­tive de­ploy­ment of re­sources, preven­tion tech­niques, en­force­ment op­er­a­tions and ed­u­ca­tion and aware­ness ac­tiv­ity.

In­spec­tor Jim Gille­spie told the Re­former his of­fi­cers would be work­ing hard in both cam­paigns.

Ar­eas be­tween Burn­hill and To­ry­glen and Castlemilk and Fern­hill will be given ad­di­tional at­ten­tion, as will the site of the for­mer Blair­beth Golf Club.

In­spec­tor Gille­spie said: “We have run a joint oper­a­tion with our col­leagues at Glas­gow for the last few years.

“We will have joint pa­trols around the border ar­eas as there have been is­sues be­fore, and high vis­i­bil­ity pa­trols in tra­di­tional hotspots.

“The com­plaints we get around the school hol­i­days tend to be about an­ti­so­cial be­hav­iour, street drink­ing and vi­o­lence. We will ro­bustly deal with any­one con­duct­ing them­selves in a way they shouldn’t.

“We al­ready have the lo­cal prob­lem solv­ing teams up and run­ning and they will be in­ter­act­ing with the com­mu­ni­ties.”

The Safer Sum­mer cam­paign was launched by As­sis­tant Chief Con­sta­ble Mark Wil­liams.

The fo­cus will be on re­duc­ing vi­o­lence, es­pe­cially al­co­hol-re­lated vi­o­lence.

ACC Wil­liams said: “Vi­o­lent crime has a sub­stan­tial eco­nomic and social cost to Scot­land’s com­mu­ni­ties and it is re­ally clear that the over con­sump­tion of al­co­hol is a ma­jor factor.

“Lo­cal crime anal­y­sis in­di­cates that al­co­hol is a factor in over half of all vi­o­lent in­ci­dents we deal with and, whilst un­der­stand­ing the root causes of vi­o­lence is com­plex, this clear link is very con­cern­ing.

“Over the sum­mer ahead lo­cal of­fi­cers will be work­ing closely with the li­censed trade to im­ple­ment mea­sures that can re­duce vi­o­lence such as ‘Best Bar None’ staff train­ing, or ed­u­ca­tion and di­ver­sion­ary work with young peo­ple on the trig­gers and con­se­quences of vi­o­lence.

“This work will com­ple­ment the range of op­er­a­tions car­ried out by di­vi­sions to tar­get vi­o­lence that is spe­cific to them at a lo­cal level.”

On the beat Po­lice will be pa­trolling known hotspots and border ar­eas in Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang this sum­mer

As­sur­ance In­spec­tor Jim Gille­spie has told res­i­dents that an­ti­so­cial be­hav­iour will not be tol­er­ated

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