MP backs efforts to combat anti-social behaviour spate

A multi-agency meeting took place to try to stem a spate of anti-social behaviour in north west Dumfries.

Dumfries and Galloway MP Alister Jack held discussions with Police Scotland and social landlords DGHP and Loreburn Housing Association.

He was recently contacted by concerned constituents from the Summerhill area and subsequently wrote to local householders to build up a fuller picture of the problem.

Mr Jack said: "Disturbances, damage and noise are causing misery to some residents and that is simply not acceptable.

"I'm hoping by passing on feedback I've received to all the agencies involved, and highlighting individual cases, that working together we can help reduce the number of incidents."

The MP urged the public to report instances of anti-social behaviour to the police and social landlords as soon as possible.

He said: "The more information the authorities have the better chance they have of tracing those responsible and combating the problem.

“I understand why people are reluctant to come forward and report the problems, but the key message from the meeting was that without doing so there is very little that can be done to resolve this unacceptable behaviour.

"The overriding wish of the community is to reduce, and ideally stop, incidents and that can best be done by accurately identifying those involved and together looking at the causes to identify measures which might prevent recurrences."