Po­lice launch youth vi­o­lence crack­down af­ter spate of in­ci­dents

Op­er­a­tion Is­ling­ton will look at curb­ing drunken anti-so­cial be­hav­iour

The Courier & Advertiser (Dundee Edition) - - NEWS - Paul ma­lik pa­ma­lik@the­courier.co.uk

Po­lice have vowed to crack down on the vi­o­lent and anti-so­cial be­hav­iour of Dundee teenagers fol­low­ing a spate of city-wide crimes.

Op­er­a­tion Is­ling­ton has launched as a part­ner­ship be­tween the coun­cil, po­lice and mem­bers of young peo­ple’s rep­re­sen­ta­tive bod­ies.

Taxi driv­ers and off-li­cences have been asked to note throngs of young peo­ple head­ing to po­ten­tial “party flats”, though as re­ported in The Courier, a num­ber of taxi bosses say it is not their job to “po­lice” the be­hav­iour of their pas­sen­gers.

The move fol­lows a num­ber of high­pro­file crimes com­mit­ted by young peo­ple in the city in re­cent months.

Ear­lier this week, three boys un­der 18 were charged with caus­ing the death of John Watt, 50, in Al­bert Street.

Be­fore Christ­mas, a 17-year-old boy was left un­con­scious in Ninewells fol­low­ing an at­tack on Ade­laide Place.

Two 15-year-old boys have been charged in con­nec­tion with the in­ci­dent.

On top of the al­leged as­saults, 14-yearold Len­non McKay ap­peared to over­dose on a drug, de­scribed as a “red and white cap­sule”, fol­low­ing a house party.

Lo­cal area com­man­der Chief In­spec­tor Nicky Rus­sell said: “We have had a cou­ple of sig­nif­i­cant in­ci­dents across the city over the last month where peo­ple have been in­jured or sadly died.

“We have charged in­di­vid­u­als in con­nec­tion with these in­ci­dents but we need to ed­u­cate our com­mu­ni­ties that this type of be­hav­iour is un­ac­cept­able.”

She con­tin­ued: “Teenagers are given more free­dom by their par­ents and tend to be out and about with their friends in the evenings and week­ends and there are those who drink to ex­cess and use drugs, which can lead to them be­com­ing in­volved in anti-so­cial and crim­i­nal be­hav­iour.

“In or­der to en­sure our city is a safe one we need to pre­vent in­ci­dents from hap­pen­ing in the first place.

“There­fore, I would urge any­one in Dundee who has con­cerns re­gard­ing this type of be­hav­iour to con­tact Po­lice Scot­land.

“Any­one with con­cerns about, for ex­am­ple, un­der­age drink­ing in their area, should call Tay­side Di­vi­sion on 101, or speak to their lo­cal of­fi­cer.

“There are those who drink to ex­cess and use drugs, which can lead to them be­com­ing in­volved in anti-so­cial and crim­i­nal be­hav­iour. CHIEF IN­SPEC­TOR NICKY RUS­SELL

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