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Police presence stepped up at Loch Morlich beach at weekends

By Gavin Musgrove

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There has been an enhanced police presence at Loch Morlich at weekends since the middle of this month.
There has been an enhanced police presence at Loch Morlich at weekends since the middle of this month.

There is now an enhanced police presence in the Glenmore area at weekends, with Police Scotland officers joining Cairngorms National Park Authority and Forest and Land Scotland staff on patrol.

Extra resource have been made available to allow the force to commit additional officers to be in attendance in the evenings in the Glenmore and wider surrounding area to deal with any issues if they arise.

Grant Moir, Chief Executive at the CNPA said: "A visible police presence at key times in this hotspot location is seen to be a good way of tackling any incidences of anti-social behaviour and making sure that everyone stays safe and that wildlife and habitats are protected.

“It is great to be working with Police Scotland, Highland Council and Forest and Land Scotland in putting together this partnership initiative, which will result in an enhanced police presence in the Cairngorm and Glenmore area, including Loch Morlich beach at weekends over the summer holidays.

“The vast majority of the visitors to the Park are enjoying their experience and behaving very well – the combined presence of rangers and the police at key times will help support everyone to have a great time in the park and in a way that protects the local environment.”

Police Scotland area commander, Chief Inspector Jenny Valentine said: “Local officers regularly patrol busy areas in and around the national park and have been working closely with partners to tackle issues.

"Access rights are not an excuse for anti-social behaviour and so we welcome the opportunity to work proactively with partners to ensure that the area remains a safe and enjoyable place to visit.”

Highland Council convener Bill Lobban said: “We are delighted to be supporting this partnership which will enhance the visitor experience at Glenmore and Loch Morlich beach and ensure that a small minority of people do not spoil everyone else’s use and enjoyment of this area of outstanding natural beauty.

"The Highland Council is providing funding from the Badenoch and Strathspey ward budget set aside for projects in support of Covid-19 Resilience.”

The joint patrols have now started and will continue until the end of the Scottish school holidays.

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