BOOZE BLITZ

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Anti-social drinkers were targeted by police in a major crackdown on violent disorder in East Dunbartonshire at the weekend.

Officers slapped on-the-spot fines amounting to more than £1,000 on 28 offenders caught drinking in public on Friday night.

They seized a substantial quantity of alcohol at hotspots in Kirkintilloch, Bishopbriggs, Milngavie and Bearsden town centres.

A 23-year-old man was also arrested and charged with possession of a knife in Southbank Drive around midnight on Saturday and two men have been reported to the fiscal in connection with the alleged possession of drugs.

Led by Chief Inspector Craig Smith, uniformed police teamed up with plain clothed officers, community wardens from East Dunbartonshire Council, night noise teams, licensing officials and local councillors, including Provost Una Walker.

Community Inspector at Kirkintilloch, Gerry Corrigan said: “This action formed part of our ongoing campaign against violence and anti-social behavior.

“We were able to deploy in a highly visible and effective way and tackle the issues that the communities tell us gives them concern.

“It was a real bonus having the Provost and councillors with us so we could tackle the concerns residents have reported to them.

“I hope this reassures local communities that we are committed to listening and addressing their concerns”.