79 anti-social behaviour incidents a day in north-east reported to police

Nearly 80 incidents of anti-social behaviour a day were reported to police in the north-east across a nine-month period last year.

Between April 1 and December 31, 2018 – the most recent available data – some 21,892 incidents of noise, vandalism and disruptive drunken behaviour were investigated in the Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire and Angus council areas.

Police last night said tackling anti-social behaviour was “a priority” for the force and highlighted a sharp decline in the number of incidents – down more than 2,000 – compared to the same period the previous year.

North-east MSP, and Conservative shadow justice secretary, Liam Kerr, however, claimed communities were being failed by the Scottish Government.

He said anti-social behaviour was capable of causing a “great deal of distress” and questioned whether the police were being afforded enough resources to adequately deal with the issue.

“These figures show that people in communities across the north-east are enduring disruptive anti-social behaviour in their local area every day,” Mr Kerr said.

“Noise, vandalism and drunken behaviour are classed as low level offences, but they can cause a great deal of distress, often amounting to harassment of local residents.

“People want to feel safe in their homes and in the streets of the towns and villages in which they live.

“Unfortunately, local police resources are stretched to the limit due to cuts from Nicola Sturgeon’s SNP government and its soft-touch approach to crime.”

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