South Scotland

Dumfries and Galloway anti-social incidents at three-year high

A dog mess warning sign
Image caption Anti-social behaviour ranges from abusive neighbours to dog fouling

A report for councillors says incidents involving anti-social behaviour in Dumfries and Galloway are at a three-year high.

According to newly published figures, almost 800 cases were recorded in the past year.

However, only a handful resulted in anti-social behaviour orders.

The region's community safety service dealt with 787 complaints in the 12 months to March - the highest total since 2011.

Anti-social behaviour covers a wide range of issues from abusive neighbours and intimidation to fly-tipping and dog fouling.

The number of Asbos issued as a result has been less than 10 in each of the past three years.

The use of fixed penalty notices has increased sharply, with the number issued at a record high - 142 were handed out for littering offences, 25 for dog fouling and 49 for fly-tipping.

Elsewhere, the community safety figures also highlight a marked downward trend in noise complaints.

Some 515 cases were investigated last year - that's down from just over 800 in 2011.

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