WITH the summer here, now is a perfect time to get out and enjoy our wonderful villages, towns and coastal areas across East Lothian.

Unfortunately, however, there have been several incidents of vandalism and anti-social behaviour in areas including Gifford, East Linton and Longniddry.

One such example is at Linn Rocks on the River Tyne in East Linton, where large groups of young people have been gathering. There are reports that some in these large groups harassed and threatened to assault residents and passers-by, with drugs and alcohol found at the scene.

Following engagement with residents, I have been in discussion with Police Scotland’s new divisional commander for East Lothian, Ben Leathes, who took the matter very seriously. I am pleased to say that the police are taking a zero-tolerance approach to anti-social behaviour in areas such as Linn Rocks.

The combined action by Police Scotland, East Lothian Council’s anti-social behaviour (ASB) team and local residents from East Linton has resulted in police increasing their presence in the area and this visible effort has been welcomed by the community.

While the police continue to be stretched due to Scottish Government cuts, this is an example of the police responding clearly and proportionately to the community’s concerns. I’d like to thank Ben and his team, along with the ASB team at East Lothian Council, for this targeted action.

Should you witness anti-social behaviour or vandalism taking place over the summer, be sure to report anti-social noise to East Lothian Council on 01875 824307 and contact Police Scotland on 101 – or 999 in the event of an emergency or if you feel in danger.

By working together, we can combat anti-social behaviour in East Lothian.