Po­lice ar­rest 15-year-old boys caught ‘break­ing in’

Evening Telegraph (First Edition) - - Front Page - BY LIND­SEY HAMIL­TON

TWO 15-year-old boys were ar­rested af­ter be­ing caught in the mid­dle of an al­leged break-in at a house in Moni­fi­eth.

The boys were de­tained on the spot and are ex­pected to be re­ported to the Youth Jus­tice As­ses­sor.

A po­lice source said they were alerted by neigh­bours that some­one ap­peared to be in an empty house at Ash­ludie Grange in the early hours of yes­ter­day morn­ing.

He said: “Po­lice Scot­land re­ceived a call say­ing that sus­pi­cious peo­ple were inside the house at Ash­ludie Grange at 4am on Mon­day.

“Po­lice at­tended along with a po­lice dog and han­dler. They found two 15-year-old boys inside the house. There was no chase and they were ap­pre­hended.

“The boys were sub­se­quently ar­rested.”

A Po­lice Scot­land spokes­woman said: “We can con­firm that we at­tended at Mar­garet Lind­say Place, Moni­fi­eth, at 4am on April 16 af­ter re­ports of a break-in.

“Two 15-year-old boys were ap­pre­hended and in­quiries are con­tin­u­ing.”

She con­firmed it was likely the boys would be re­ported to the Youth Jus­tice As­ses­sor.

One res­i­dent called for se­cu­rity to be stepped up at the hous­ing de­vel­op­ment.

He said: “Lo­cal res­i­dents be­came aware of po­lice along with a dog in the area i n t he early hours of t he morn­ing.

“It’s con­cern­ing to hear of that and I don’t think it’s the first time that empty houses have been tar­geted at Ash­ludie Grange.

“It’s a shame that a build­ing site gets tar­geted like this and it’s re­ally un­nerv­ing when there’s so many peo­ple now liv­ing in the vicin­ity.

“No one wants to see a po­lice pres­ence like that in your street in the mid­dle of the night.

“I hope se­cu­rity is stepped up at the de­vel­op­ment in light of this.”

Moni­fi­eth coun­cil­lor Beth White­side said: “I was shocked to hear about this al­leged break-in. It’s lucky neigh­bours re­alised what was hap­pen­ing.

“I’m par­tic­u­larly con­cerned that two 15-year-old boys have been ar­rested in con­nec­tion with this. I will be fol­low­ing this up with Miller Homes to make sure that the site is se­cure.”

A spokes­woman for Miller Homes said: “We are aware of an in­ci­dent and are li­ais­ing with the po­lice.”

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