Two youths charged over £20,000 damage to Dunfermline schools

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Police in Dunfermline have traced and charged two youths over causing £20,000 worth of damage to a number of schools in the town, reports GAIL MILNE.

Local Area Inspector Phil Davison, said: “Over the previous weeks we have been investigating damage caused at several Dunfermline Schools. At Pitcorthie Primary School, 45 windows were broken with a cost of repair estimated at over £10,000.

“Canmore Primary too was targeted and 8 large windows broken which will cost around £6000 to fix. Woodmill High School too suffered vandalism with 14 windows smashed and here the cost of repair is estimated around £6,000.

“Diligent enquiry by staff dedicated to tackling such anti-social behaviour has led to two local youths aged 13 and 14yrs being charged and reported to the Reporter to the Children’s Panel.

“I would like to thank the public for the assistance they have given to us during this investigation. We are committed to Creating Safer Communities and will continue to investigate such cases through the staff dedicated to ‘Operation Allegro’, which targets resources to detecting those responsible for acts of vandalism.”

He added: “Fife Constabulary is committed to allowing you to directly influence local policing. You can have your say on local priorities by attending the community engagement meeting in your local area. Contact your local community team on 0845 600 5702 or visit www.fife.police.uk for details of your next meeting.”

The number of recorded antisocial behaviour offences has fallen by 25% compared to the same period last year with detection rates for reported crime increasing by 3.3% to 67.3%. Offences committed by young persons (8-17yrs) has fallen by 5.7% over the same period, according to figures released by Fife Constabulary.