Bid to curb boy racers


POLICE in Leven will be keeping up checks on activities which can have a summer spill-over into trouble.

Drinking in public places, gatherings of large groups of youths and anti-social use of vehicles are all set to receive continuing attention from the area’s community team.

Officers are aware that such occurrences, although not all instantly illegal, have the potential for disorder, especially at this time of year, so aim to keep giving them priority care.

In particular, police hope soon to secure agreement for a parking restriction order at the Shorehead. Last week’s Leven community engagement meeting heard talks were due this month, after further discussions with business bosses, over the possibility of a 9pm to 6am block on parking in the area.

If approved, local police believe it would go a long way towards curbing the menace caused by some motorists at the Shorehead in the evenings, such as speeding, reckless manoeuvres, tooting horns, wheel spinning, revving engines, and more.

The meeting also heard of attempts to secure funding through the Community Safety initiative for a speed bump at nearby South Street, where some vehicles were speeding or going the wrong way along the one-way street.

Warning letters had gone to some drivers, residents were told, while similar measures were adopted in dealing with anti-social youth behaviour.

Letters were sent to parents of some youths involved, said police, which had made a difference.

Potential ‘hot spots’, such as the Shorehead and the east end of the Promenade, would continue to be checked, with various diversionary action. Police would liaise with extra officers brought in under Operation Laser, as well as community wardens and detached youth workers.

Since the last meeting in May, there had been around a dozen incidents in the town related to drinking alcohol in public, with three people being cautioned and charged.