Local police urge parents to act after gang of 30 drunken youths damage crazy-golf fencing and throw items at cars

The former Lochside Leisure Centre in Forfar

A gang of up to 30 youths have been causing mayhem in Forfar.

Over recent weeks officers have been called to the Former Lochside Leisure Centre and surrounding areas after reports of vandalism and under age drinking involving a group of youths.

Damage has been caused to the former outdoor playing courts, the fencing around the crazy golf course and motorists have had items thrown at cars.

The enclosed garden to the Ranger Visitor Centre has also suffered damage. A caravan and car within the Lochside Caravan Park were also vandalised when a piece of concrete was thrown over the perimeter fence.

The youths have been congregating in groups sometimes as large as between 20-30 people in size.

Forfar Inspector Steve Smith said : “As the darker and colder nights draw in we would appeal to parents to assist us in taking an interest into where their children have been and who they have been with.

“Young people who drink alcohol when they are out often don’t realise the dangers they can place themselves in and are far more likely to become involved in antisocial behaviour.

“Our officers have responded to a number of calls in the area of the former leisure centre and will continue to carry out high visibility patrols. Anyone caught committing offences will be dealt with accordingly.”

Recently a 12 year old boy and 15 year old boy were charged in relation to two separate incidents of vandalism and assault and have been reported to the youth justice assessor.

“Anyone with any concerns should call police on 101 or speak to any police officer. Alternatively information can be passed anonymously via the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”