On The Beat Four ASBOs given in cars clampdown
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.