South Ayrshire youth unrest increases over Easter break as campus cops carry out extra patrols


An Easter holiday crackdown on youth unrest in South Ayrshire has seen campus cops brought in to help with additional patrols.

The current spring break has seen an increase in incidents of juvenile disorder and anti-social behavior – with an increase in underage drinking and vandalism being reported.

South Ayrshire campus and locality officers have joined forces with partners from the South Ayrshire Council Thriving Communities (SAC) in an effort to tackle the behavior of concern.

Mobile and foot patrols concentrated on the main problem areas of Ayr, Prestwick and Troon.

It is understood that Boydfield Gardens in Prestwick has seen a wave of vandalism with plants destroyed and worried locals near Ayr Academy have noticed an increase in unrest among young people.

Troon’s Fullarton Woods is also being patrolled to deal with a trend of underage drinking.

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Sgt Walker, Local Authority Liaison Officer for South Ayrshire, said: “During school holidays we tend to see an increase in reports of anti-social behavior in our local communities.

“We recognize this may be a source of concern for local people which is why we have had additional patrols in the areas.

“Our campus officers, who already have existing relationships with our youth, work alongside divisional officers who engage with youth with the goal of diverting them from anti-social behavior.”

Joint patrols are carried out during peak hours to identify and engage with young people in the community with the aim of distracting them from anti-social behavior.

A new three-day program for young people aged 13 to 16 who are interested in football is launching this week.

The program, managed by campus officials, will involve partners from SAC Thriving Communities, Active Schools and PS Football Information Point.

Sgt Walker added: “We all want to play an active role in helping our youngsters and this week a special three day program, Pitchin’ In, is being launched for those interested in football. This initiative emphasizes teamwork, relationship building, trust and confidence.

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