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Council moves to cut youth crime

Young people in the street. Pic by PA
The task force will work to cut youth crime in the area

A task force which will include police and social workers has been launched in Stirling in a bid to cut anti-social behaviour by youngsters.

The new Positive Changes group will target youths aged between 11 and 18 years of age.

Stirling Council and Central Scotland Police said they formed the partnership to deal with vandalism, drug and alcohol abuse in the community.

The families of those targeted will also be involved in the process.

Stirling Council said the initiative was about giving the youngsters an "opportunity to make positive changes to their lives".

The authority said the team would work with those being considered for an Anti-social Behaviour Order.

Pam Jackson, who will form part of the group, said: "Areas that the team will target for change are anti-social behaviour, criminal activity and broken family or carer relationships.

"This will be achieved by prevention workshops in schools, direct early intervention work, focused groups and diversion activities."

The council said the group's objective was to reduce the number of youngsters involved in crime and anti-social behaviour.

Stirling's area commander Supt Davie Flynn said: "The programme will help them contribute positively in their role as responsible citizens of Stirling and not put themselves at risk.

"All this will help make Stirling's communities safer and stronger."

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