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Beauty spot targeted in crackdown

Loch Lomond
The crackdown will focus on anti-social behaviour in the national park area

Police and park authorities are launching a crackdown on irresponsible behaviour and vandalism in the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park.

Forests, roads and lochs will all be monitored during the six-months of Operation Ironworks.

The initiative is being run by Central Scotland Police, park and Forestry Commission rangers, Strathclyde Police and Tayside Police.

More than half a million people visit the national park every year.

High profile patrols will operate across the area, which covers 720 sq miles, and includes Breadalbane, Loch Lomond and the Argyll Forest, during the peak tourist season.

Enforcers will issue anti-social behaviour notices for damage to trees, littering and noise pollution.

Irresponsible drivers will also be targeted in the crackdown along with those caught breaching speed limits on lochs.

The man leading the operation, Ch Insp Kevin Findlater, of Central Scotland Police, said: "Our aim is to ensure the National Park continues to be a safe, secure and enjoyable environment that is treated with respect by all.

"Although the vast majority of visitors behave, there is a minority who are intent to spoil the experience for others by committing a variety of crimes and offences. This misbehaviour can have a significant negative impact.

"The public correctly expect the police, as well as the National Park Authority and Forestry Commission Scotland, to tackle such issues robustly and effectively."



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