Three charged amid Aberdeen ‘dispersal zone’ crackdown

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Three youths, including a 12-year-old, have been charged following anti-social behaviour incidents within the city centre dispersal zone.

Police were given the power to ban troublemakers from the area for 24 hours at a time at the end of last month, with those caught returning sooner than that facing arrest.

Officers say “issues” yesterday evening resulted in two 15-year-old boys and a 12-year-old boy being arrested and charged.

They will be reported to the youth justice management committee.

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Community Policing Team Inspector Vicky Stables said: “While the vast majority of people coming to Aberdeen city centre do so peacefully, where individuals choose to engage in antisocial behaviour which results in distress to members of the public, we will take action.”

She added: “Since the zone came into effect at the start of the month, officers have been out engaging with young people in the city centre to reduce the likelihood of antisocial behaviour issues.

“I would like to remind everyone of their responsibilities when coming into the city centre to socialise to do so responsibly and without causing harm or distress to members of the public.

“Where issues arise, we will take action which could result in people being arrested and potentially charged.“