TAYSIDE Police have stressed they are adopting a “zero tolerance” policy following a disturbance involving a crowd of youths outside Forfar Police Station on Friday evening.
A group of around 30 youths from Forfar and Kirriemuir congregated outside Eastern Division headquarters shortly before 11 pm. The youths were aged between 14 and 16; one young person has been reported to the Children’s Reporter for a Breach of the Peace and three were taken home as a result of being under the influence of alcohol.
The disturbance started in the Myre Road car park and spilled over into West High Street. Meanwhile, the Police also had to deal with another incident in the same vicinity which resulted in one adult being arrested for being in possession of an offensive weapon, and another arrested for assaulting a police officer.
Community Liaison Officer Constable Pam Colvin stressed there was “zero tolerance” from the police for youths fighting or causing anti-social behaviour.
She said: “The message we want to get across to these youths is that we will not just be issuing warnings. If they commit an offence they will be dealt with severely and, if the occasion merits it, they will be taken to Arbroath Police station and their parents will be instructed to collect them.”
The police adopted a similar stance in Kirriemuir about six months ago when, over four weekends, youngsters from Forfar, Kirriemuir and Newtyle congregated in the Square and ran through the town’s lanes.
Constable Colvin expressed her disappointment about the behaviour of the local youths on Friday night, and reminded those involved of the options available to them at the Pitstop in Forfar, and the Friday Night Projects in Forfar and Kirriemuir.
She continued: “I am disappointed youngsters from Kirriemuir are going down to Forfar and are causing hassle.
“The police are heavily involved with the Friday Night Project and are supportive of agencies who come together to put these things on for kids, free of charge. We organise various activities and regularly carry out questionnaires to hear their suggestions and work hard to try to meet those requests. We are always looking for new interests for them to keep them occupied. We are always trying to secure funding for the projects, which is for the kids’s benefits. There is no reason for them to be behaving in this way.”
The police also advise parents to try to establish where their child has been and whether they are under the influence of alcohol when they return home. Constable Colvin added: “They need to know where they are and what they are getting involved in. If they have managed to get access to alcohol and are part of group causing problems in the community then sometimes parents can assist the police. There is no excuse for anti-social behaviour on any level and the police will not tolerate it.” For more information on Forfar’s Friday Night Project see page 8.