More peo­ple re­port crimes

Calls to cops up in Strathaven

Hamilton Advertiser - - ALL ABOUT LANARKSHIRE - Mark Pirie

Strathaven Com­mu­nity Coun­cil have re­ported an in­crease in crime re­ports in the town.

At their re­cent meet­ing, the group noted that there had been 249 calls to cops in the past two months fol­low­ing a se­ries of high-pro­file in­ci­dents.

They also stated there were 40 crime re­ports and 28 de­tec­tions, with crimes rang­ing from traf­fic of­fences to ru­ral is­sues.

In a com­ment, the com­mu­nity coun­cil added: “The in­crease in calls sug­gests a greater will­ing­ness to use the po­lice line and in­ter­act with the com­mu­nity po­lice.”

The rise in com­plaints fol­lows the death of Jason Mccue who was found se­ri­ously in­jured at John Hastie Park in July.

Fol­low­ing this, an in­ci­dent last month saw two masked men steal a five-fig­ure sum of cash af­ter hold­ing up the Green Street post of­fice with a firearm.

A man­hunt is un­der­way af­ter the sus­pects fled from the Day-to­day con­ve­nience store.

A spokes­woman for Po­lice Scot­land said: “We wel­come in­creased use of the 101 sys­tem by mem­bers of the com­mu­nity to seek in­for­ma­tion and ad­vice from Po­lice Scot­land as well as the re­port­ing of crime.”

Fol­low­ing the armed rob­bery, the post of­fice re­mains closed and a spokesper­son has this week apol­o­gised to lo­cal peo­ple.

A state­ment read: “We would like to apol­o­gise to cus­tomers for the in­con­ve­nience caused by the tem­po­rary clo­sure of Strathaven Post Of­fice fol­low­ing an in­ci­dent on Mon­day, Au­gust 28.

“We are work­ing hard to re­store ser­vices to the area as soon as pos­si­ble. In the mean­time, cus­tomers can ac­cess post of­fice ser­vices at any branch in­clud­ing Stone­house Post Of­fice.”

In­ves­ti­ga­tion Of­fi­cers at John Hastie Park in July af­ter the dis­cov­ery of se­ri­ously in­jured Jason Mccue who later died

Rapid re­sponse Po­lice at­tend scene of last month’s armed rob­bery in Green Street

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