On The Beat Four ASBOs given in cars clam­p­down

West Lothian Courier - - News - In­spec­tor Scott Robert­son

Over re­cent months, Lin­lith­gow town cen­tre and the Mill Road In­dus­trial Es­tate have been suf­fer­ing in­creas­ing in­stances of anti-so­cial be­hav­iour in­volv­ing mo­tor ve­hi­cles be­ing driven in an anti-so­cial man­ner.

This has led to in­creased dis­rup­tion to the lo­cal com­mu­nity through noise and dan­ger from ir­re­spon­si­ble driver be­hav­iour.

In re­sponse to th­ese con­cerns, your lo­cal com­mu­nity polic­ing of­fi­cers, Con­sta­bles Andy Mur­ray and Neil Drum­mond (one of whom is funded by West Loth­ian Coun­cil), in con­junc­tion with Divi­sional Roads Polic­ing team, tar­geted spe­cific ar­eas by us­ing marked and un­marked po­lice ve­hi­cles over a spe­cific three-day pe­riod.

Ini­tially, their task was to ed­u­cate driv­ers closely fol­lowed by an en­force­ment phase, fo­cus­ing on the main culprits.

I am pleased to say that many culprits heeded our warn­ings. How­ever for those who didn’t, the en­force­ment phase re­sulted in four Anti-So­cial Be­hav­iour ve­hi­cle warn­ings be­ing is­sued, two traf­fic tick­ets for care­less driv­ing were is­sued, six ve­hi­cle de­fects were is­sued with a ticket so that the ve­hi­cles would be­come safer and one car was re­moved from the road un­til un­safe mod­i­fi­ca­tions were rec­ti­fied.

A per­son was also ar­rested on an out­stand­ing war­rant and one of those stopped had only been driv­ing for less than a month. Thank­fully, there has been a down­turn in com­plaints re­ceived as a re­sult.

Those of you who live or have ever lived any­where near the Bings at Old Philp­stoun will know the noise, dis­tress and nui­sance that off road mo­tor­bikes can cause.

Recog­nis­ing this, Po­lice Scot­land and in par­tic­u­lar, Con­sta­bles Andy Mur­ray and Neil Drum­mond set about try­ing to fix the prob­lem (where many had failed pre­vi­ously.)

Meet­ings were held with lo­cal landown­ers, farm­ers and res­i­dents who had been plagued with the off-road bikes and favourite times and days of the week were iden­ti­fied and nar­rowed down.

Th­ese Of­fi­cers ap­proached lo­cal es­tates, the canal so­ci­ety and West Loth­ian Coun­cil to look for so­lu­tions. All par­ties worked well in part­ner­ship which re­sulted in a num­ber of mea­sures be­ing taken, in­clud­ing, very large tree stumps across the ac­cess paths to the bings and the re­place­ment of gates that pre­vi­ously af­forded ac­cess.

Signs were erected all around the bings ad­vis­ing mem­bers of the pub­lic to no­tify po­lice should they hear off road bikes at the lo­cus.

Let­ters were de­liv­ered to lo­cal res­i­dents rais­ing the is­sue and en­cour­ag­ing them to con­tact the po­lice.

Of­fi­cers found that vans were be­ing used to transport mo­tor­bikes to the bings. The reg­is­tered keep­ers were also sent let­ters point­ing out the mo­tor­ing of­fences that would be com­mit­ting by con­tin­u­ing rid­ing the mo­tor­bikes.

Off Road bike web­sites and cha­t­rooms were also ex­plored re­mind­ing riders that the area is one of pri­vate land and that they don’t have per­mis­sion.

As a re­sult of this in­ter­ven­tion calls have re­duced to a neg­li­gi­ble level and favourable com­ments re­ceived from res­i­dents.

Th­ese are just two ex­am­ples of the is­sues that have been re­ported to the po­lice, both with pos­i­tive end re­sults. Andy and Neil are part of a much larger com­mu­nity polic­ing team work­ing to­gether in West Loth­ian to make it a safer place to live and work.

Please con­tinue to re­port anti-so­cial be­hav­iour and crimes as they hap­pen so that we con­tinue to work with our part­ners to re­solve the is­sues in your com­mu­nity.

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