Police pledge crackdown on teen rowdies

Police promise to take a harder line against teen drunks in Levenmouth. Pic George McLuskie
Police promise to take a harder line against teen drunks in Levenmouth. Pic George McLuskie

Teen yobs causing havoc around Leven High Street and Shorehead at weekends will be flung in a police cell.

That was the stark message issued by Police Scotland as it upped the ante on its long-term campaign to stamp out drug and drink-fuelled youth disorder in town.

Community Inspector Tom Brown said: “ Unfortunately, despite regular visits to licensed outlets in the town in recent months, it appears that a large proportion of youths between 12 and 17 years of age are still able to obtain alcohol to fuel their behaviour. The situation necessitates intervention by parents and a harder line in our tactics.

“While youths will continue to be reported for crimes including vandalism and drinking in public, those engaged in unruly courses of conduct will be taken into custody.

“Their very presence when forming part of a large group is both intimidating and affecting the quality of life of the community.”

The police campaign will see an increased number of uniformed and plain-clothed officers deployed to the area to “reassure the public” and also gather evidence about known troublemakers.

While youths will continue to be reported for crimes including vandalism and drinking in public, those engaged in unruly courses of conduct will be taken into custody.

Community Inspector Tom Brown

Police recognised many parents were unaware of their child’s behaviour outside the home but could nevertheless find themselves attending the Custody Centre in Kirkcaldy if their child became a repeat offender.

The teenager would also be added to the Vulnerable Persons Database, where parents could become subject to social work intervention.

Community Ward Sergeant Mike Collins said local licensed and off-sales premises would also be subject to closer scrutiny during the campaign.

“Unfortunately, there is a small contingent of the youth element that delights in causing problems in the community,” he commented.

“They are inevitably found to be under the influence of alcohol and it is our information that the alcohol is being procured by agents at local off-sale outlets or being obtained from the youth’s own home.

He added: “Sober, the individuals concerned appear friendly and are able to interact and respect other peoples’ viewpoint. Unfortunately, when under the influence, their judgement is impaired and, apart from engaging in anti-social behaviour, they are undoubtedly putting their health at risk through over-consumption of alcohol and impaired decision making.

“ Support from the parents is key.”

He continued: “While we will continue to try and make an impact in addressing this particular problem, our efforts can and will only be successful with the support of parents and the community.”

He urged those affected by crime or anti-social behaviour to continue to report all such matters either via 101 or confidentially via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.