Ocean Terminal: Police crackdown on anti-social behaviour

Police are carrying out extra patrols in and around Ocean Terminal in Leith after a surge in anti-social behaviour.

Saturday, 15th May 2021, 4:25 pm
Updated Saturday, 15th May 2021, 4:25 pm
Police say youths have been causing misery for shoppers and businesses at the busy Leith shopping centre

Officers have increased their presence at the shopping centre after complaints from residents and businesses over disorder, with groups of young people blamed for the unrest.

Police are calling on parents to speak with their children if they believe they are involved in ‘reckless’ behaviour in a bid to help tackle the problem.

It comes as police prioritise tackling anti-social behaviour in the capital.

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Community Inspector Colin Fordyce of Craigmillar Police Station said: “We’ve seen an increase in antisocial behaviour incidents at Ocean Terminal recently involving groups of youths.

"One of our priorities in Edinburgh is dealing with disorder and antisocial behaviour. We will be focusing our patrols in and around Ocean Terminal to tackle the issue with a zero tolerance approach. Enforcement action will be taken if anyone is identified as being involved in any criminal behaviour.

“Our local residents and businesses have had a tough enough time recently, and it’s not acceptable for them to have to put up with the reckless behaviour of a small minority of youths intent on causing trouble.

“I ask that all parents and carers speak with their children and young people about the impact that antisocial behaviour has on others. If you see any criminality in the area, call 101, or 999 in an emergency to help us hold offenders to account. Information can also be passed anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”

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