Stirling MP Urges Action on City Centre Anti-Social Behaviour


Categories: Coronavirus (COVID-19), Local Business, Policing and Justice, Safer Communities

Local Stirling MP Alyn Smith has called for swift action from public authorities, as reports emerge of an increase in anti-social behaviour in Stirling’s city centre.

Residents and local businesses have voiced objections over inappropriate building access, large groups congregating in public areas, intimidation and wider concerns over public order and safety.

Mr Smith has written to Stirling’s local area commander, Chief Inspector Gillian Marshall of Police Scotland, relaying concerns and urging swift action.

Alyn Smith MP said:

‘Communities have a right to feel safe and secure in their own streets, and recently reported behaviour by a loud but vocal minority is totally unacceptable.

‘Everyone has made huge sacrifices to protect public health during the pandemic, and I understand better weather and the relaxing of restrictions will bring together more people. But we’re not out of the woods yet, and large crowds threaten our collective progress.

‘Our local police have down a fantastic job throughout the pandemic by keeping us safe. Reckless anti-social behaviour is an insult to the hard work so many of us have put in. Businesses want stability and safety as we look to recovery; let’s not blow it now.’