Police launch youth violence crackdown after spate of incidents
Operation Islington will look at curbing drunken anti-social behaviour
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