Police in Stonehaven are appealing for help from the community to help reduce incidents of anti-social behaviour.
They have received reports from members of the public about fires being set in the Dunnottar Woods area of Stonehaven by groups of youths. Most recently, a report was received of four young men setting a fire during the evening of Thursday, June 26, in the Gallows Hill area of the woods.
Sergeant Simon Reid, of the Kincardine and Mearns Community Policing Team, said: “We recognise that with the longer days and better weather youths will be enjoying the outdoors. I want to ask people to ensure that they are enjoying it responsibly as we reach the school holiday season.
“Setting fires is inherently dangerous in terms of possible injury and damage and I want young people to consider the consequences that their actions could have.
‘‘Officers from the Community Policing Team have increased patrols in the area and elsewhere where we have seen anti-social behaviour in previous years.
“This is one of our local policing priorities and I want to encourage anybody affected by it to report such activity to us on 101.”