Project Ajax rolls into town

Project Ajax visited the CAFE Project on Saturday as part of Police Scotland's efforts to divert Angus youths from anti-social behaviour. While the event was running officers also carried out free bike checks. Pictured from left - Sergeant Colin Cunningham, Constable David Voigt, Luke Hunter and Cameron Stirling.
Project Ajax visited the CAFE Project on Saturday as part of Police Scotland's efforts to divert Angus youths from anti-social behaviour. While the event was running officers also carried out free bike checks. Pictured from left - Sergeant Colin Cunningham, Constable David Voigt, Luke Hunter and Cameron Stirling.

Police Scotland hosted a special event in Arbroath at the weekend as part of a wider campaign to tackle anti-social behaviour and violence.

Project Ajax hosted a youth engagement event in the CAFE Project on Saturday to promote the range of activities on offer in the town.

Organisations such as D&A College, Police Scotland, HM Armed Forces and the Cadet Forces all took part.

Coordinating the event was Sergeant Colin Cunningham. He said: “I think there’s been a reasonable bit of interest in it today. This is an ongoing operation so there will be more events like this in the future and more enforcement action by our colleagues.

“We are focussing on reducing violence and anti-social behaviour and part of that is engaging with the community and diverting young people into other activities.”

Last week Sergeant Grace Morrison and the Community Investigation Unit were carrying out the enforcement aspect and in less than 24 hours dealt with 12 warrants for offences including breach of bail, theft, assault and drug crimes. Sgt Morrison said: “We are continuing to actively pursue offenders and ensure that further offences are not committed by these individuals. Police Scotland does not tolerate violence in any shape or form and we are determined to target any such behaviour, so that local residents remain proud to call Angus their home.”

Chief Inspector Gordon Milne added: “Over the next coming weeks, warrants will be executed on a daily basis, focused police patrols will be on areas where we know violence and antisocial behaviour is taking place. We will be out and about as much as possible.

“I will not tolerate violence in any shape or form and we are determined to see it reduced as far as possible over the next couple of months.”