Bank holiday crime crackdown: scores are arrested but violence hits a new low

SCORES of people have been arrested in a bank holiday crime crackdown.

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Officers in Glasgow city centre dealt with more than 300 incidents during one of their busiest weekends of the year.

Extra officers were drafted in for the blitz which saw more than 20 people reported by police for drugs offences.

Most of the drugs arrests took place in or around licensed premises in the city centre.

Despite more than 100,000 party-goers descending on the busy Glasgow central beat, there were no serious assaults.

More than 60 people were reported or arrested by police for offences, including hate crime, domestic abuse and indecent exposure.

Police Scotland vowed a "zero tolerance" approach to anyone involved in violence and disorder.

City Centre Area Commander Alan Porte said: "The bank holiday weekend was particularly busy for police officers in Glasgow city centre.

"Many of the incidents we dealt with were fuelled by people misusing alcohol.

"However, it is encouraging that we have managed to keep levels of violence at an all-time low.

"Many of the city centre's licensed premises were open an hour later, but officers managed to keep disorder at an absolute minimum.

"There were no serious assaults or particularly violent attacks.

"We will continue to work hard to make Glasgow an even safer city centre."

Among the calls to police at the weekend were breach of the peace incidents, minor assaults and disorder.

As previously reported by the Evening Times, the holiday weekend is one of the busiest of the year and police warned crime sparked by bank holiday boozing would not be tolerated.

Offences of disorder, anti-social behaviour and public drinking were targeted.

With around 100,000 people in the city centre alone at weekends, it can be seen as a target for criminals looking for an opportunity.

Senior officers believe high-visibility patrols are sending a message to potential criminals and reassuring the public.

rebecca.gray@eveningtimes.co.uk

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