Res­i­dents put on alert in crime-hit neigh­bour­hood

Keep watch, po­lice urge af­ter de­lib­er­ate fires

Paisley Daily Express - - Front Page - David Camp­bell

Pais­ley po­lice are step­ping up pa­trols and urg­ing res­i­dents to be vig­i­lant af­ter a re­cent spate of de­lib­er­ate fires.

As re­ported in the Ex­press, a 40-year-old woman was rushed to hos­pi­tal suf­fer­ing smoke in­hala­tion af­ter wheelie bins were pulled into a com­mon close and set alight in Thrushcraigs Cres­cent on Satur­day at around 9.05pm.

Just days ear­lier, a shed was also torched in the street.

Now cops say they are up­ping their pres­ence in the area.

Ex­tra pa­trols from com­mu­nity po­lice of­fi­cers, sup­ported by com­mu­nity war­dens, will be put in place and of­fi­cers have writ­ten to res­i­dents urg­ing them help keep the com­mu­nity safe.

In­spec­tor Tracy Harkins, from the com­mu­nity polic­ing team, said they are car­ry­ing out ex­ten­sive en­quiries into the in­ci­dents.

In a let­ter to res­i­dents, she wrote: “Over the past few weeks, there have been a num­ber of fire-re­lated in­ci­dents within the vicin­ity of your home ad­dress.

“The fires ap­pear to be in­creas­ing in num­ber and the sever­ity of the fires are es­ca­lat­ing.

“In­ci­dents such as this can have po­ten­tially grave con­se­quences, so it is re­ally im­por­tant that we all work to­gether to trace the sus­pects and pre­vent fur­ther crime from oc­cur­ring.

“Can you please make sure that the com­mu­nal close doors are se­cured at all times, par­tic­u­larly dur­ing the hours of dark­ness, to pre­vent unau­tho­rised en­try.

“Can you also make sure that gar­den sheds are locked and that un­wanted items of prop­erty are dis­carded via the bins pro­vided.

“If you hear any­thing, par­tic­u­larly when its dark out­side, re­gard­less of how mi­nor you be­lieve it to be, please call po­lice on 999.

“If you have any in­for­ma­tion that may be help­ful to our en­quiry, can you con­tact Crimestop­pers on 0800 555 111.

“You can also call us di­rectly on our non-emer­gency num­ber 101.”

A wor­ried res­i­dent in the street, who asked not to be named, told the Pais­ley Daily Ex­press that he is scared to let his chil­dren out­side in the street, where po­lice in­ves­ti­gated two at­tempted mur­ders in May.

He said: “The street has ac­tu­ally been quite quiet for the last wee while, but it has just got­ten worse in the last few days.

“My kids were re­ally scared of the fire bri­gade lights. It brought back mem­o­ries of the last time the street had lots of blue lights in it back in May.

“We don’t let the kids out­side any more, it’s just not safe.

“The coun­cil and the po­lice have to do more to tackle the prob­lems here or they will just get worse.”

Speedy De­mo­li­tion teams have been wast­ing no time is bring­ing down the build­ing

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