Police set to target anti-social hotspots in Glenrothes

Woodside, Glenrothes
Woodside, Glenrothes

Glenrothes’ anti-social hot spots are to come under intense police scrutiny.

Special Constables will join community wardens and plain clothes officers to crackdown on problems caused by drinking, drugs and anti-social behaviour.

They will use stop and search powers, issue fines and ASBO penalties on the spot - and they want parents to help by making sure they know where their kids are and what they are up to.

The ‘hot-spots’ include Alexander Road, Warout and Woodside.

Officers and wardens will be checking for drugs, offensive weapons and
alcohol.

Glenrothes Community Sergeant Kenny Greig said, “Anti-social behaviour can have a significant detrimental effect on the quality of life for residents.

‘‘This is completely unacceptable and will not be tolerated.’’

He said anyone caught would be ‘‘dealt with in a robust and forthright manner.’’

Offenders will also be offered the opportunity to take part in Fife Alcohol Diversion Project which aims to deal with alcohol related issues.

Parents are also being advised to ensure they know where their kids are to assist police tackling the issue of youth-related disorder.

Sergeant Greig added: “I want all adults with responsibility for young people to become more involved in their own community by knowing where their child is at night and asking, who are they meeting and are they in a safe environment.

“A common theme when youngsters are taken home to their parents or are put into custody is firstly shock that they are involved and secondly, they didn’t actually know where they were going for the evening.

“Whenever your child is heading out for the evening, find out where they are going, who they will be with and when they are coming home. If staying with friends then check with other parents to ensure an appropriate adult is at home upon their return.

“This could stop you getting an unexpected visit by the police, a call to attend a custody area or worse, a hospital. The safety of your children in the community is paramount but the first step lies with you.”