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Police to patrol Elgin in response to reports of antisocial behaviour

By Ewan Malcolm

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POLICE are setting up dedicated patrols to target and prevent antisocial behaviour in Elgin over the coming weekends.

Police are set to patrol Elgin town centre over the coming weeks.
Police are set to patrol Elgin town centre over the coming weeks.

The measure is being introduced by police following a number of reports of the offence in the town centre, Alexandra Road and Cooper Park recently.

Police say that most of the incidents have involved young people who have travelled from out with Elgin to the town by bus at weekends.

Inspector Neil Morrison, Elgin Community Policing Team, said: "The reported behaviour is causing concern for many in our community. Dedicated patrols are being carried out in the areas and these will continue.

"Officers present intend to provide reassurance to the community as well as engaging with young people and discouraging antisocial behaviour.

"I stress that the vast majority of young people do not come to the attention of police. However, we know that a small minority do sometimes become involved in anti-social behaviour and their actions can have a negative impact on the lives of local residents and that of their peers.

"We are committed to encouraging people away from this kind of behaviour and will take appropriate action where incidents are reported and offenders identified.

"I would also urge parents and guardians to meaningfully support us by making sure you know where your children are, who they are associating with and what they are doing.

"Anyone who has concerns about anti-social behaviour in their area is encouraged to contact police by calling 101."

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