A group of youngsters have been arrested for crimes including drug possession and vandalism after a crackdown on anti-social behaviour in an Aberdeenshire town.
Police carried out plain-clothed and high-visibility patrols in Stonehaven on Wednesday evening after receiving complaints from residents.
During the course of the night, officers took two 16-year-old boys back to their homes and charged one with drug possession.
Meanwhile a 15-year-old boy was charged following a string of alleged crimes including assaults, vandalism, break-ins and threatening behaviour.
In addition, two girls, aged 12 and 14, were found under the influence of alcohol and taken back to their homes.
Local Sergeant Kirsty Walsh said: “These recent incidents are extremely disappointing given the work that has been ongoing to deter anti-social behaviour.
“Officers will continue to carry out high visibility patrols in the ‘hot spot’ areas of Stonehaven to provide reassurance to the community and take enforcement action against those found offending.
“It is the school holidays and, of course, we want young people to be outside and enjoying themselves, but let me be clear that anti-social behaviour of any kind will not be tolerated.
“I urge people to continue letting us know if you have concerns so action can be taken.”