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Increased patrols at Inverness Skate Park receiving 'positive response', say Police Scotland officers in the Highlands who stepped up visits to the site in the wake of reports of anti-social behaviour and drug use


By Philip Murray

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A police officer during one of the recent patrols. Picture: Police Scotland.
A police officer during one of the recent patrols. Picture: Police Scotland.

AN increase in police patrols at Inverness Skate Park has received a "positive response" from the community, police say.

Officers yesterday announced that they had stepped up patrols at the skate park in the wake of reports of anti-social behaviour, bullying and drug misuse.

At the time, a police spokesman said: "The skate park is a brilliant family-friendly fun place for everyone, we want to do our best to keep it that way."

And they have now said that early efforts to tackle the issue have been welcomed by locals.

"There has been a positive response from the community to police presence at the Inverness Skate Park," said another spokesman on Thursday morning.

Responding to the updates on social media, several members of the public voiced their approval for the increased patrols.

"About time. My kids stopped going down there cause of the behaviour of some kids," said Caroline Brown.

Richard Mackay added: "Nice to see".

"That is fantastic news, really delighted to hear that," said Nickey Fraser. "We were there today and my daughter met some nice wee friends who were very kind."

But others voiced their concerns that more action is still needed at this site, and other problem spots in the city.

James Fraser said: "Increased police presence, will the police be driving by once a night or stopping while munching their chips? Asking for a friend."

And Emma Davidson said: "You need to do the same at the Raigmore one, most nights they are having a rave and drinking while there are still little kids playing!!"

If anyone wishes to report any incidents contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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