War on youth crime is having an impact

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YOUTH disorder and anti-social behaviour is being tackled in North Glasgow insists Strathclyde Police.

The force says it has seen a “substantial” decrease in reports of disturbances in Springburn since it launched its Enforcement, Prevention, Intelligence and Communication (EPIC) strategy in October.

The number of offenders caught as part of the push is also up on last year’s figures, with officers carrying out 386 stop searches, executing six warrants and reporting 28 people to the Procurator Fiscal between October and November.

The strategy aims to tackle issues including street drinking and drugs offences in the Balgrayhill area.

Officers have introduced overtime and nightly CCTV vehicle patrols as part of the initiative.

An open community forum was held recently to let residents have their say on the issues affecting their communities.

Constable Chris Murphy, from the community planning department at Baird Street Police Office, said: “With this campaign we are aiming to have a positive impact on the whole community – making the area a safer, and a more pleasant and enjoyable place to live and work.

“As part of the EPIC process the police held an open community forum and all members of the Springburn community were encouraged to come along and meet their local community police.”

The three-month operation is focusing on Galloway Street, Lenzie Terrace, Lenzie Way, Balgrayhill Road and the Carron Estate.

It has been run in partnership with North Glasgow Housing Association (NGHA), Glasgow Community and Safety Services, Glasgow Life, the council’s land and environmental services and Strathclyde Fire and Rescue.

George McCafferty, a housing officer from NGHA, said: “It’s envisaged this operation will help prevent problems recurring and leave a positive and lasting legacy for the local community, as well as protecting the association’s considerable investment within the area.”