Police patrols in Wick after series of anti-social incidents

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Police are carrying out “highly visible patrols” in a Wick town following a spate of anti-social crimes – including an alleged fire-raising incident and acts of vandalism.

Officers have been targeting certain areas of the town, particularly Dunnett Avenue, to deal with the law-breakers.

Sergeant Alastair Bryce has warned that anti-social behaviour will not be tolerated following the series of incidents in the neighbourhood.

Officers have been called to a number of reports of disorder and vandalism in the area in recent weeks.

A 31-year-old man was charged and subsequently appeared at Wick Sheriff Court in connection with an alleged fire-raising incident on Sunday, July 7.

Inquiries into other incidents remain ongoing and officers have been carrying out highly visible patrols in the area.

Police Scotland has also written to householders informing them of the action being taken to “reduce the impact” on the local community.

They are also working with Highland Council to address the issue.

Sgt Bryce said: “Anti-social behaviour is unacceptable, no matter what form it takes.

“It causes unnecessary concern and alarm among the law-abiding community who should be able to feel safe in their own neighbourhood.

“I would like to reassure local residents that we are working closely with partners from the Highland Council to deal with these recent incidents and prevent further anti-social behaviour in the longer term.

He added: “Anyone identified as being involved in anti-social behaviour can expect to be robustly dealt with.”

He has urged residents not to tolerate vandalism or anti-social behaviour but to report them by calling 101 as promptly as possible.

They can also contact the housing provider where appropriate or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

A Highland Council spokeswoman said: “Council or housing association tenantsand homeowners all have the right to live safely and peacefully.

We are working with the police to make sure this happens. The council has written to our tenants advising them to report any anti-social behaviour to police.”