A 15-YEAR-OLD boy has been arrested for alleged threatening and abusive behaviour as police crack down on anti-social youths in Dunbar.

Police and East Lothian Council’s community wardens are carrying out regular patrols near the town's Ashfield Park.

Officers confirmed there had been “a noticeable decrease in the number of calls from the public” about the issue this weekend compared to other weekends.

Chief Inspector Steven Duncan, area commander for East Lothian, said: “Overall, it is positive to see a reduction in the number of incidents this weekend.

“Officers had several positive interactions with a number of youths and there was very little indication of alcohol consumption which, again, is a change in behaviour from previous weeks.

"I am mindful that this is only one weekend and resources will continue to be dedicated to the area to deal with anti-social behaviour."

And he added: “We will continue to work with our partners in the council's safer communities team, education and housing as part of the ongoing Problem Solving Partnership and will take action against criminal or anti-social behaviour."

The Courier told last week how a Problem Solving Partnership involving the police, East Lothian Council and the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service had been formed following reports of youths taking part in underage drinking, vandalism and fire-raising in the park at Ashfield and at nearby Lochend Woods.