POLICE have formed a squad to keep people away from a crime-ridden park.

Local cops have teamed up with British Transport Police officers to reduce the numbers of people travelling to Dawsholm Park from outside of the city, or from other areas.

The North Glasgow park has seen a number of serious crimes since the start of the month.

We told at the beginning of June how a young girl was raped in the park. Police are still investigating this incident, which occurred on Monday, June 1 at around 8.10pm near to the entrance at Ilay Road.

The incident sparked local fears and prompted calls for increased police patrols in the area, which were met by Police Scotland. Despite this, a sexual assault was alleged to have occurred in the park on Friday, June 19 at around 9.30pm. A 15-year-old boy was arrested in connection with the alleged sexual assault against a 14-year-old girl. Police said at the time they were not looking for anyone else in connection with the incident.

Most recently, we reported that a man was stabbed after an altercation arose during an informal rugby game in the park.

The 39-year-old was rushed to hospital after he was stabbed on Saturday, June 20 at around 5.30pm, again near to the entrance at Ilay Road. He was treated for his injuries at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital.

Police in Maryhill have teamed up with the British Transport to limit the number of people entering the park, which is a short walk from Kelvindale train station after a spike in serious crime and anti-social behaviour.

Inspector John McCartin at Maryhill Police Office said : “In response to recent significant crimes and an increase in reported anti-social behaviour, we have increased patrols to the park and are engaging with those who are within. In line with current restrictions we are working along with the British Transport Police to impact on the numbers attending from other areas.

“We are still appealing for witnesses in relation to the serious sexual assault which occurred on the 1st June and the serious assault which took place on Saturday 20th June.”