A public meeting has been called in Kennoway to discuss rising youth disorder in the village – and the police’s handling of it.
Residents will have their say at the gathering this coming Monday at 6.00 p.m. in the Sandy Brae Community Centre.
The meeting will have a one-item agenda and at least one senior local officer from Police Scotland is expected to attend.
Concern has been increasing in the village about the frequency of youth disorder and the nature of the incidents.
Trouble appears to have peaked on the night of March 27, when a mob of around 60-100 gathered aggressively in the area near the Sunbeam Inn pub, and a severe assault later occurred in the town centre.
There have been concerns about the time it took police to respond that night and their despatcher’s knowledge of the area, as well as the transfer of Kennoway’s community officers to a Levenmouth response team, delays over CCTV coverage and general anger over damage to cars, homes and property, as well as the physical violence.
The residents of Kennoway have quite rightly raised issues which are effecting the quality of life within the town. We will ensure that their concerns are addressed and take action against anyone who is involved in disorderly or threatening behaviour.Community Inspector Tom Brown
A number of local people suspected gangs of youths, who had previously caused regular trouble in Leven, had moved on to Kennoway after a police crackdown, while some culprits were local.
Residents have also launched a Facebook page entitled ‘Justice in Kennoway’, in which local people are urged not to take a vigilante approach but to message in with information, which will be passed to the proper authorities.
The main aim is to “unite as a community and make Kennoway safer”.
Councillor Tom Adams, one of the meeting’s organisers, said he hoped residents’ worries could be allayed and police procedures explained.
Councillor David Alexander, who lives locally, said fears had been heightened by “two bad Fridays” in the village but he believed police would sort things out, adding that parents also had to take some responsibility for their offspring.
After engagement with the community, Kennoway and Leven were both targetted in Police Scotland’s Campaign Against Violence (CAV) initiative over the weekend. The action resulted in two 17-year-olds being issued with Fixed Penalty Notices for possesion of alcohol and an arrest for crimes of dishonesty.
Community Inspector Tom Brown said: “The residents of Kennoway have quite rightly raised issues which are effecting the quality of life within the town. We will ensure that their concerns are addressed and take action against anyone who is involved in disorderly or threatening behaviour.”