High street patrols on the way

LEVENMOUTH police have reintroduced regular high-profile patrols in Leven town centre as the festive season approaches.

The town’s community engagement meeting heard was told an exercise similar to last year’s Operation Tinsel had just started last week.

The aim is hopefully to deter thefts by shoplifting, and other incidents, while allowing pedestrians, shop staff and revellers to feel safer over the coming weeks and have an enjoyable Christmas party season.

Dedicated police pairings, involving community officers and those from the response team, would be out and about all day around the High Street and retail park areas of Leven, with the operation due to run through until early January.

Officers are also to continue checking incidents of begging, after the issue of people being stopped on local streets and asked for money, occasionally in an aggressive manner, was raised at September’s meeting.

Last week, a woman said incidents lately had involved people disturbing householders.

She claimed a young woman had knocked on a door in Anderson Street and asked the occupant for £1 and a cigarette.

Community PC Pete Holmes said this was very concerning and officers would keep it on their priority action list, while he urged anyone else accosted in similar ways to report it to the police immediately.

The meeting also heard police were trying to clamp down on on illegal or anti-social use of motorbikes, which had recently been a problem in the East Links and Centenary Court areas.

They aimed to identify drivers where possible and find out where bikes were stored, before confiscating them.

PC Holmes added there had been a spate of thefts in the Mountfleurie area from sheds and outbuildings, and he repeated advice to keep sheds secure and lock downstairs doors and windows.

Concern was also aired over speeding traffic in Waggon Road, Windygates Road and Lawrence Drive, along with claims of irresponsible parking in Windygates Road when children were being taken to and from St Agatha’s Primary School.