Drivers hit as cars seized

Community liaison officer constable Ally Smith has warned Tayside Police will take a robust stance against anti-social driving and driving whilst under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Community liaison officer constable Ally Smith has warned Tayside Police will take a robust stance against anti-social driving and driving whilst under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

AN update on on-going policing issues was given to members of Forfar Community Council when they met in the Town and County Hall last month when it was revealed thirty-one vehicles had been seized as a result of anti-social driving.

Ally Smith (pictured) gave an insight into local issues as well as an update on current performance statistics for Eastern Division.

The anti-social behaviour of drivers is one area which is constantly raised at the community council, with the antics of “boy racers” being a regular complaint received by members.

The drivers’ behaviour in the Myre car park is regularly reported with nearby residents complaining about the noise they make.

Constable Smith said: “Tayside Police continue to deal with numerous complaints of anti-social behaviour on Angus roads.

“A robust stance against this type of behaviour is taken. In 2010/11 Tayside Police in Angus issued 146 warnings in relation to anti-social behaviour driving, and 31 vehicles were seized as a result of a second warning being issued within a six month period.”

He also warned Tayside Police would take robust action against those caught drink driving.

He said: “Driving whilst under the influence of drugs or alcohol continues to be a significant issue in Angus, as well as nationally.

“Anyone with information in relation to drink/drug drivers is encouraged to report this to either Tayside Police or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111”.

Continuing his report on local road policing issues, he reminded motorcyclists to take care when out on the roads or they could risk losing their lives.

He said: “The road network in Angus is attractive to motorcyclists.

“The number of recreational motorcyclists has shown a marked increase nationally.

“The main period of motorcycle activity is between April and September, however better machines and equipment means that many of the riders now use their motorbikes for most of the year.”

Constable Smith told the meeting that, although it is widely acknowledged that Angus is a safe place for residents and visitors alike, the county suffers the same problems experienced in other towns and cities with increased levels of petty assaults recorded by the police.

He said: “Alcohol is the main causal factor with individuals under the influence of alcohol becoming more vulnerable or exposed to violent confrontations.

“Tayside Police dedicate officers to carry out high visibility patrols at peak times with a view to provide reassurance and to make our own town centres safe.

“The public are asked to be mindful when out socialising, to drink responsibly and to report any instances of crime to the police.”

Turning to performance statistics, he revealed vandalism recorded in Angus in 2010/11 was approximately 10% lower than in the previous year.

“Violent crime in Angus has decreased between April 2010 and February 2011 by around a quarter compared to the previous year.

“Supply and possession with intent to supply drugs charges in Angus decreased by around a quarter in the period April 2010 to February 2011 compared to the previous year. Personal possession charges were also down over the same period.”

One area which was continuing to cause a problem was the theft of household fuel over the past month.

He continued: “This is no doubt linked to the high cost of fuels. Please remain vigilant, check your tank regularly and report any suspicious activity to Tayside Police on 0300 111 2222.”