Social media to help tackle youth disorder in Midlothian

Police officers watch over Bogwood Court in Mayfield which has seen a rise in youth anti social behaviour / disorder recently

Police officers watch over Bogwood Court in Mayfield which has seen a rise in youth anti social behaviour / disorder recently

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Local police have found that social media can be a vital tool in tackling crime and building better relationships with the local community.

The Midlothian Police Facebook page has posted numerous appeals recently about youth disorder.

However, Dalkeith Community Sergeant Colin Deans told the Advertiser that there hadn’t been a rise in this type of crime, adding: “We are trying to get out there, telling people about these crimes that they might not otherwise have heard about.

“It’s just another form of communication between ourselves and the community.

“There are seasonal things just now. For example, we have got an issue with kids starting fires so we are asking parents to check their kids for a smell of smoke.

“We are giving out basic information to get a response from the community so we can work better together.”

Read more in this week’s Advertiser, out now.