SEVEN youths were charged with anti-social behaviour offences in the Borders at the weekend.

Over the last few days, the Scottish Borders Community Action team has patrolled four towns.

And officers charged several young people in Galashiels, Peebles, Hawick and Eyemouth.

A Police Scotland spokesperson said: "We understand that this is an extremely challenging time for everyone and in particular for youths who want to spend some time with their friends.

"Whilst the majority of those we engaged with were well behaved, unfortunately officers had to deal with small pockets of disorder largely driven by the consumption of alcohol.

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^Some of the alcohol which was confiscated. Photo: Police Scotland

"Seven youths were charged with various offences including urinating in a public place, possession of a Class B substance, being drunk and incapable and disorder offences.

"Those who were spoken to and identified as being involved in minor anti-social behaviour will receive a letter home in the coming week to highlight this to their parents.

"We would encourage youths to enjoy their recreational time in line with the current guidance provided by the Scottish Government and to do so whilst being respectful of their local community and its residents.

"We would encourage parents to be intrusive of their children’s whereabouts, planned activity and set sensible curfews on when they can be expected home."