Appeal for information
Over the next few months, the St Leonard’s SNT’s will be running a number of initiatives aimed at reducing anti-social behaviour. One of the issues that will be targeted is under-age drinking. As well as providing a visible presence to deter and detect offences, officers will also be using other tactics such as ‘Test Purchasing’ – using underage youths to try and purchase alcohol – in an effort to catch those that buy or supply alcohol to underage persons. The success of such operations relies on the public’s help in identifying premises or areas where they suspect such activity to take place. We would urge the public to get behind us and provide the police with information where it is suspected premises are selling alcohol to underage persons or where people have been seeing buying alcohol for youths.
Our three main local priorities at the moment include careless and inconderate cycle and antisocial behaviour, including vandalism.
As mentioned above, our Cycling Unit has been heavily involved in targetting all these priorities.
Some of the local pathways and more secluded areas can be diffcult to reach and are perceived as safe havens for those engaging in anti-social behaviour. Our Cycle Unit has covered many miles on these pathways and have seized alcohol of youths and distrupted their activities and prevented escalation in inappropriate behaviour.
Supplementing this activity, the Safer Neighourhood Team have been carrying out regular joint patrols with Environmental Wardens in areas where there have been complaints of underage drinking and dog fouling.
Again, we would urge the public to report any information in relation to these offences and activities to their local officer or contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 which will treat all calls in the strictist confidence.
Urinating in the Street
Police in Edinburgh are taking a stance on people urinating in the street with a new awareness-raising and enforcement initiative in the Grassmarket.
The ‘Don’t P*ss It Up Against the Wall’ campaign has been developed after concerns were raised by local residents about people leaving bars and clubs and urinating in the nearby closes and streets.
The Safer Neighbourhood Team in the city centre has worked with the local community and identified ways to tackle this ongoing issue, which is of particular concern during the busy Festival season when visitor numbers in the Grassmarket area swell considerably.
Key to the campaign was public support which resulted in 900 letters being sent to local businesses and residents asking them to attend public meetings to discuss ways of tackling the problem.
As a result of their views at the meetings the hard-hitting publicity campaign was created which will target customers in pubs and clubs and highlight the issue to visitors to the Grassmarket.
The aims of this marketing campaign are to highlight the negative impact this issue has on the local community and to remind both visitors and residents of Edinburgh about the potential £40 Fixed Penalty Ticket that can be issued by police officers for this offence.
In addition to the posters, beermats and vinyls that will be displayed, the opening times of the coin operated toilets in the area have been extended to 3am and the use of temporary urinals as a longer term solution is being explored.
City Centre Police Inspector Dianne Bruce said “while those enjoying a night out in town might think urinating in the street is harmless, it is a real quality of life concern for local residents and businesses.“