Youngsters gathering in Aberdeen city centre are being urged to respect others by police during a new operation.
Officers on the beat in the area around Union Street have stepped up patrols for the next three weeks in a bid to crack down on anti-social behaviour.
Since the initiative began on March 16 police have arrested two shoplifters, dealt with street drinkers and other thieves and gathered crime-cracking information from shoppers.
City centre Sergeant David Cowie said: “We have become aware of issues in the city centre relating to groups of youths congregating.
“While the majority of those meeting aren’t causing issues for retailers or other shoppers and we don’t want to spoil anyone out socialising, we want to ensure that no criminality takes place.
“Officers will be looking to engage positively with young people and deter them from becoming involved in anti-social behaviour or other criminal behaviour.”
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Streets targeted include Union Terrace Gardens, Bon Accord Terrace Gardens, Union Square, the Green, the Tunnels, Kirk of St Nicholas, Rosemount area and Aberdeen Grammar School.
Sgt Cowie added: “The school Easter holidays will see more young people coming into the city centre. We certainly don’t want to deter anyone from coming into the town to socialise.
“However, we do ask that people are respectful of others and behave responsibly.
“I would urge parents to be aware of what their children are up to when they come into the city centre in the evenings, weekends and during the school holidays and to discuss what is and isn’t acceptable with them.
“In the event where any criminality takes place we will take a robust approach and anyone found to be responsible will be reported to the relevant authority.”
The operation will run until April 14.