Penalties issued to anti-social students

Raisin Weekend is a fun event for many - although a few students ended up in trouble.
Raisin Weekend is a fun event for many - although a few students ended up in trouble.

Drinking in public, anti-social behaviour and noise nuisance have been identified as issues in St Andrews.

The town centre can be very busy at weekends, with footfall in pubs and restaurants reaching several thousand on Friday and Saturday nights during the university term and peak summer months, increasing the potential for problems.

During the period from May to November 2014, police issued 39 fixed penalties for anti-social behaviour and drinking in public places.

The majority of these were issued to students around Freshers Week and Raisin Weekend in September and October. However, police reported a 25 per cent drop in offences around these events compared with 2013.

To tackle complaints about loud music and parties, there is an on-going initiative involving the police university liaison officer. In the review period, occupants at 30 addresses were warned about their behaviour.