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Community Police Officers' Report, June 2011


Since the last meeting on 10th May 2011, excluding minor road traffic offences, 8 crime reports have been submitted.

Three of these crimes are detected which relate to a serious assault, drinking in public and a firearms incident (air weapon).

Five of these crimes are undetected, compromising of 1 act of vandalism, 1 minor assault and 3 thefts. In relation to the vandalism there is a positive line of enquiry whereby a named person had been identified as being responsible.

The minor assault has also identified two persons as being responsible; once traced this will be detected.

The three thefts consist of:

Efforts are ongoing to trace the driver of the vehicle for the theft of fuel from the garage but, unfortunately, there are no lines of enquiry at this stage for the other two thefts.

Youth issues

The areas identified continue to be the Dumyat Centre; the area to the rear of the Scout Hall and foot of the hills; and Ochil Road. These areas are frequented by youths who congregate in groups, most of whom are consuming alcohol. I will continue to monitor these areas as best I can on a regular basis and try to minimise these issues as the school holidays are fast approaching.

Over the last couple of weeks there have been several calls in relation to youths throwing stones at the church in Main St East. I have identified the youths responsible and have warned them accordingly. I have on occasions had reason to speak with the youth's whilst I have been off duty. I will continue to monitor closely any youths congregating there. Fortunately there has been no reported damage to the church.

All the persons traced by Police are subjected to consensual searches for weapons, drugs and alcohol. Mainly alcohol has been recovered. The youths traced with alcohol have all been warned and letters sent to their parents if they are under 16 years old. This type of proactive approach will be continued in these areas.

Other issues

Our other Pact* Priorities for Alva and Menstrie in May and June will remain unchanged:

  1. Increase high profile patrols and interaction with local youths in James Street, Alva between 5pm and 11pm on Friday and Saturday evenings, to prevent antisocial behaviour and general disorder, by youths causing damage to vehicles and residential premises.
  2. Anti social behaviour, in particular playing of excessively loud music in the area of The Nebit, Alva, on Friday and Saturday evenings between 8pm and 11pm.
  3. Misuse of drugs in the Alva area. Act on intelligence received from members of the public and crave and execute drug search warrants. Also increase consensual and legislative drug searches of persons found in this area.

* Police and Communities Together - ed.

Menstrie Gala

Unfortunately the weather was against us at the Gala day. However the procession took place in drier conditions and a good turn out saw the procession pass without incident. There were no reported incidents to me or my colleagues on the day of the event and only one call to Menstrie that evening.

Bicycle Security

On Thursday 26/05/2011 myself and PC Cheyne attended at Menstrie Primary School where it had been arranged for pupils to bring their bicycles to school and have them security coded.

In total over 70 bikes were brought to the school from pupils ranging from Primary 1 to Primary 7. All bikes were marked with their postcode and house number. As well as a deterrent, the markings are also helpful in the event of a bike being stolen and then found. This means Police can trace the bike back to the owner's address.

I would like to thank Primary 6 for organising the smooth running of the event which certainly made it all the more easier for myself and PC Cheyne.

PC 292 Chris Smith
Menstrie Community Policeman

June 2011

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