East Ayrshire: Calls for more police officers to combat rising crime – Cummnock Chronicle

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EAST Ayrshire needs more cops on the streets to tackle rising assaults and incidents of breach of the peace and public urination, a local MSP has claimed.

Sharon Dowey, Tory MSP for South Scotland, is calling on the Sottish Government to boost funding for front-line officers after figures show miscellaneous offences have increased by over half, 56 per cent, since 2019.

Government figures show incidents of common assault alone have risen by three quarters, 78 per cent, in the past year, while drunkenness has increased 41 per cent, since 2019. In the category “Other miscellaneous offences” have increased by 95% in East Ayrshire since 2019.

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