Drafting in extra police into Duns from all over Scotland for this year’s Jim Clark Rally is costing organisers £6,000.
Drunken behaviour, particularly during the Duns town centre stage of the rally has caused problems in recent years, so much so that this section of the rally, which is a relatively new addition to the weekend of sport, is now in danger of being scrapped.
Making an appeal to members of the public ahead of the rally this weekend, Duns Community Council issued the following statement: “Duns Community Council and the organisers of the Jim Clark Rally, appeal to the people of Duns not to consume alcohol in public during the Duns stage of the rally.
“In recent years this has caused problems for the rally, other spectators, the police and residents of Duns.
“Fast cars and alcohol consumption do not mix. Inebriated people are putting themselves as well as others in danger.
The rally organisers have had complaints about drunken behaviour in the past but it is not their problem, it is a problem for the people of Duns to solve.
“This year there is going to be a very large police presence with police drafted in from all over Scotland. Drunken behaviour and underage drinking will be dealt with severely. The police will pay particular attention to those areas of Duns in which past problems have arisen, however they will be policing other areas as well.
“Parents please be aware where your young people are and what they are doing during the rally.
“This year the extra police presence is costing the rally organisers £6,000. It is a sad reflection on us Dingers that it has become necessary for the rally organisers to have to pay this amount of money.
“This is not sustainable and if the problem persists then the town stage of the rally is in danger of being scrapped.
“The rally is run in memory of Jim Clark , the town’s first Freeman, so please ensure public behaviour does not spoil this tribute to a great Dinger.”