Worried residents of Ladybank have turned out in force to meet with police following a spate of break-ins in the area allegedly committed by ‘druggies’.
More than 200 people attended a community engagement meeting in Ladybank Church Hall amid concerns about an influx of drug users to the area.
Last week addict Paul Richardson, of Royal Buildings, was jailed along with Stuart McLeod, also of Royal Buildings, for stealing £10,000 worth of jewellery from a house in Monkstown, and three men were due to appear in court this week in connection with a series of shoplifting offences in Commercial Road.
Another man was due to appear on Wednesday in connection with an alleged break-in at Ladybank Medical Practice.
Police Scotland Sergeant Gary Combe said: “The swift apprehension of the persons involved in these crimes is another example of Police Scotland’s commitment and determination to effectively deal with all offenders who engage in crimes of dishonesty and hopefully acts as deterrent for other considering committing criminality.
“I would like to reassure residents of Ladybank that crimes of dishonesty are relatively uncommon in the local area and we will continue to engage with our communities as part of our aim of keeping people safe”.
After the community engagement meeting, Howe of Fife Community Sergeant Neil Mackenzie said: “Together with our partners in Fife Council and other organisations, we are already working hard to address these issues and will continue to do so over the coming weeks and months.
“With the help and support of the local community we will continue to keep the people of Fife safe and look forward to seeing a similar high turnout at the next round of meetings in March.”