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Youth disorder head takes charge
Sergeant Mark Rennie
Sergeant Mark Rennie is in charge of youth disorder in Leith
The man in charge of youth disorder in Leith has drawn up a raft of new measures in a bid to stamp out increasing trouble in the area.

Sergeant Mark Rennie, head of Leith's safer communities unit, said letters and police visits were to be made to known troublemakers in the area.

A mobile CCTV van is to patrol at weekends, a fixed CCTV camera is to be erected and a graffiti board put up.

It follows thousands of pounds worth of damage to cars by a gang on Saturday.

Mindless vandalism

Sgt Rennie said: "We are taking the increasing problems in the area extremely seriously and are working with the council and youth workers with the view to diverting the youngsters who are causing trouble into sport and other activities.

"We will be visiting the parents of 10 of the most prominent young people with a further 10 letters going out to the families of others.

"Officers from the services for communities department of the council will be making the visits along with the police to speak with the parents about issuing anti-social behaviour orders (Asbos), parenting orders and acceptable behaviour contracts."

Officers are also sending out 300 letters to residents in the area to outline the action being taken and asking for witnesses to acts of vandalism.

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