Police focus on beach yobs

City of Stirling security team leader Tim Oldham (foreground) with, from left, Scarborough Police Station officer Sgt Paul McStravick, City of Stirling security officer Ben Merrick, Stirling City beach inspector Andreas Kolm and Scarborough Police officer-in-charge Senior Sergeant Neville Patterson.
City of Stirling security team leader Tim Oldham (foreground) with, from left, Scarborough Police Station officer Sgt Paul McStravick, City of Stirling security officer Ben Merrick, Stirling City beach inspector Andreas Kolm and Scarborough Police officer-in-charge Senior Sergeant Neville Patterson.

More than 50 CCTV cameras are in operation at the popular spot, with police officers patrolling the area during the weekends.

Sergeant Paul McStravick said officers would not target individuals, rather the offences in general, and warned if anyone decided to bring an alcoholic drink to Scarborough Beach, they would be disciplined all in the same manner.

‘We’ll actually target the offence such as street drinking and we don’t target individuals, we focus on the offence, we don’t try and profile anyone so if you decide to come to the beach and drink liquor then our people have been instructed to deal with it.

‘At this stage, nothing has changed, the law hasn’t changed, unless there is some sort of licensed area which you need special permits for, you’re basically not permitted to drink or consume liquor on the street or on the beach,’ Sgt McStravick said.

He noted that there had not been a lot of trouble this season due to the mild weather, but expected trouble to rise with the temperature.