Edinburgh West MP to hold meetings discussing anti-social behaviour following Lothian Buses incidents
An MP for Edinburgh West is organising a series of meetings with key stakeholders to discuss the ongoing issues surrounding vandalism and anti-social behaviour in the area.
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It comes after Lothian Buses were yet again redirected away from the Pennywell Road and Muirhouse Parkway areas for two hours on Sunday evening following incidents of abuse to drivers, and further anti-social behaviour.
The same services were affected for the same reason six days ago.
Lothian has said previously that it will not hesitate to pull services from areas where the safety of bus drivers and passengers is being put at risk.
Police Scotland have since increased police presence in the area and are working with partners to address these issues and asking people with information to contact them through 101, or alternatively call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Christine Jardine, the MP who is organising the meetings, said: “It is absolutely vital that we do everything we can to reassure residents and come together to find a way to tackle what is becoming a far too prevalent problem in our communities.
“There is no excuse for anti-social behaviour at any time, but unfortunately we have to recognise that the frustrations and restrictions of Covid 19 are having an impact on young people, many of whom are feeling the loss of opportunity and effects of underfunding of youth services.
“Police Scotland have acted quickly to increase their presence and address the problems, but as the situation has worsened its vital to continue to find ways to ensure that residents feel secure rather than feeling threatened in their homes by anti-social behaviour.
“There is no excuse for anti-social behaviour at any time, but as this pandemic has changed all of our lives, our young people in particular are feeling the loss of opportunity which stems much further back than covid-19. Years of underfunding and closed down youth services by the SNP government need urgent attention.
“If there is anything I can do to help the police and other authorities to deal with this, or other situation, I am happy to help.”