Tough stance on those misbehaving in national parks

Two men have been banned from entering the entire area of Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park following a recent disturbance at Loch Lubnaig which resulted in 11 people being arrested.

The restrictions were handed out at Stirling Sheriff Court last week.

Inspector Gerry McMenemy, who is leading Operation Ironworks which is aimed at tackling anti-social behavior, said: “This shows that we mean what we say – disorder , anti-social and irresponsible behaviour will not be tolerated. Those found to be committing any disorder or breaching any laws will be dealt with severely.

“We will not allow the National Park area to be spoiled by a minority. It is and will remain an area for families and visitors to visit.”

Gordon Watson, operations director for Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park. said: “We work hard to improve the quality of the visitor experience across the park by investing in new visitor facilities and managing inappropriate behaviours. We work closely with our partners to target the small minority intent on committing anti-social behaviour. We are pleased to see the judiciary taking this action as it sends a very strong message.” If you have any information contact Police Scotland on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.