TAYSIDE Police have pledged to crackdown on anti-social behaviour outside Arbroath Sheriff Court after complaints it is affecting business in the High Street.
The police, along with the Sheriff Clerk’s office, Angus Council and local businesses have come together to tackle the problem of people loitering around the court area.
And for the next month, officers will regularly patrol the area of the Sheriff Court in order to ensure that people are behaving in a responsible manner.
Police will also be targeting anyone who engages in anti-social behaviour, including drinking alcohol, littering or minor vandalism.
The local area Inspector for Arbroath, Adrian Robertson, said: “I am very concerned that a small minority of people are bringing misery and concern to others in the area of Arbroath Sheriff Court.
“For the foreseeable future, there will be an increased police presence in the area of Arbroath Sheriff Court, and anyone who chooses to act in an antisocial or inappropriate manner will be dealt with robustly.
“The message is clear – people who are intent on causing a nuisance in the High Street are not welcome in this area, and officers will ensure that they either amend their behaviour, or they will be prosecuted.
“The High Street is a key area of our town where we want to encourage families and visitors to socialise, shop and eat out in a safe and friendly environment. Behaviour that detracts from this will not be tolerated.
“This is not solely a police initiative, but a local community one, that has the support of local people. Together, we are determined to rid the town of this nuisance.”