Police on horseback patrols at Grangemouth park

Police officers made their presence felt at the weekend carrying out high visibility patrols mounted on horseback in Grangemouth’s Zetland Park and the surrounding area.

By James Trimble
Monday, 22nd February 2021, 4:09 pm

Members of Police Scotland’s Grangemouth Community Team patrolled the park on Saturday night, on foot from their command vehicle and riding police horses Fenwick and Elgin around the historic public space to combat a worrying rise in vandalism in recent weeks.

Chief Inspector Christopher Stewart, Falkirk local area commander, said: “On Saturday, February 20, local community officers, supported by Police Scotland's Mounted Branch, carried out patrols in Zetland Park, Grangemouth, in response to local concerns about anti-social behaviour and disorder in the park in recent weeks.

"Officers spoke to a number of youths in the area who were given advice and moved on. There were no arrests, however, a small quantity of alcohol was confiscated."

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Police mounted officers join Grangemouth Community Team to patrol Zetland Park (Image courtesy of Police Scotland)

Earlier in the year officers sent out letters to parents of high school pupils in the area, informing them about the large groups of youths gathering in the park and warning them there will be an increased police presence in the area at weekends.

The warning letter and a step up in police patrols are a response to a number of incidents in the park, including a portable toilet being set alight,a dump truck being stolen from the park’s new pay area and dumped in Grange Burn and a decorative wheelbarrow being damaged in the rose garden.

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