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Weekly issues ‘SOS’ call over anti-social behaviour

A weekly newspaper has launched a front page fight to tackle anti-social behaviour on its patch.

The Falkirk Herald’s Save Our Streets campaign after the newspaper was alerted to the concerns of businesspeople in Falkirk.

The campaign aims to highlight action being taken to address the problem, as well as taking a more in-depth look at the issues causing it over the coming weeks.

It was launched on the front page of the Herald on Thursday, pictured below.

Falkirk SOS

Editor Jill Buchanan told HTFP: “The story came about after some businesspeople in the east end of Falkirk town centre approached us about concerns over anti-social behaviour and damage to their property.

“At the same time Police Scotland introduced high visibility patrols, including the use of mounted officers, and the Business Improvement District staff held talks with police and traders to discuss the situation.

“However, our plan in future weeks is to look more in-depth at why the issue has arisen and how the problem can be tackled.

“We will be looking closely to see if the problem may well have been exacerbated by the effect of lockdown on young people.

“It’s an issue which isn’t unique to Falkirk but is affecting towns and cities across the country.”