Police Task Force returns to Carnoustie and Monifieth

Tayside Police launched thiier Community Taskforce initiative in Monifieth on Friday.
Tayside Police launched thiier Community Taskforce initiative in Monifieth on Friday.

TAYSIDE Police’s Community Task Force has returned to the streets of Carnoustie and Monifieth as they attempt to deal with crime in the towns.

The team has been in place since March 30 and has reduced the number of problems that are usually associated with young people drinking.

The force, which is made up of eight officers and a sergeant, has also arrested four people who were wanted on warrants, two people who were found in possession of cannabis resin and 12 vehicles were stopped because of anti-social driving.

They hope to create “diversionary activities” for young people such as street football.

Constable Chris Hail has been with the Task Force for the past 15 months.

He said: “Most of the problems that we have are anti-social behaviour especially with youths.”

Inspector Fiona Jarret said: “In Carnoustie and Monifieth we have already been dealing with a few incidents of anti-social behaviour.

“We are putting action plans in place as well as working with other agencies.”

Superintendent Ewen West is the officer in charge of the Community Task Force’s stint in Carnoustie and Monifieth.

He said: “The main focus of the Task Force whilst deployed in Angus will be to engage with both the community and our partner agencies to make a sustainable effect on reducing the supply and harm caused by illegal drugs, reduce crime and fear of crime in the community, and to tackle anti-social behaviour through enforcement.

“We are determined to make a tangible difference to the everyday lives of people working and residing in these areas.

“Tayside Police cannot tackle these issues alone, it is only by listening to and gathering valuable information from the local communities themselves that we can continue to make significant impact on the local criminal fraternity.

“I would encourage residents in Carnoustie and Monifieth to come forward and talk to us about their concerns. That way we can proactively address and resolve community issues.”