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Activities Project a Success

ANTISOCIAL behaviour in Stranraer's Ochtrelure has plummeted with the help of a new police supported scheme.

An alarming rise in youngsters causing trouble at night sparked action to crackdown on bad behaviour.

And police this week hailed the project a success and will work to continue it into next year.

Youngsters congregating in the street and at the area’s shop and eggs being thrown at house windows were just two instances of the trouble highlighted this week.

The new group, involving community workers and wardens and Community Constable Jim Porteous, used the tested method of running activities that youngsters want.

This in turn kept them off the streets, busy and out of trouble. That led to what was described as a "remarkable" fall in antisocial complaints.

The work ran over five Tuesday evenings with assistance from community workers Deirdre Gray and Joe Haddow.

The "diversionary activities" were at Belmont School hall. Constable Porteous said:

"As a consequence of this joint working, reported antisocial behaviour has seen a marked decrease and it is hoped this will continue.

"Further work will now be done to try and continue the activities in the New Year."

The group has used football, basketball, circus skills, Internet access and further talks into what youngsters would like to see in the future.

Local band Bad Reputation also volunteered to go on the last night to show how various instruments work and how to produce songs.

Further support came from Belmont headteacher Bill Burns and the school's board.

 
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