RIOT POLICE FORCE LOCALS TO FLEE THEIR HOMES
Ordered out at midnight
A group of Rutherglen residents spoke of their horror after being ordered out of their homes in the middle of the night by police in riot gear.
At around midnight last Thursday ( July 23) occupants at the block of flats on Toryglen Road were awoken by police hammering on their doors, telling them to vacate the premises.
The fire service were also called to the scene as a fire had erupted in one of the flats on the third floor.
The group of people were left standing outside their block for hours while the police and fire service dealt with the incident. They were then sent to Burnhill Sports Centre before being allowed to return to their homes.
Police confirmed a man was arrested and charged following the incident.
Rebecca McLean (63) said: “The police told us we had to get out. My grandaughter lives just down the road so I was lucky enough to go to hers, otherwise I would have been standing out in the cold.”
Stephen Gordon (46) said: “It was round about midnight we got a chap on the door and told we
needed get out the block.
“We were standing outside for ages and they told us to go to the Burnhill Sports Centre.
“We didn’t know what was going to happen, there were police everywhere.”
Another neighbour, who did not wish to be named, said:“I had police with raised panicked voices saying‘out now, get out of the building’. I smelled a really strong smell of gas. We were told to stand in the grassy embankment beside the building. There were fire engines, police, people from all sorts of services. I was in absolute panic fearing for my home catching fire with all my belongings and very little communication.”
A police spokesperson said:“A 41-year-old man has been arrested in connection with an alleged breach of the peace and culpable and reckless conduct following a disturbance and a fire within a flat in Toryglen Road, Rutherglen, around 11.50pm hours on Thursday, July 23.
“The man was alone within the flat and no other people, including officers, were injured during the incident. A report will be submitted to the Procurator Fiscal.”
A spokesperson for the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service said:“We received a call from police at 25 minutes past midnight, requesting our attendance at an incident in Toryglen Road.
“Three fire engines attended, two from Polmadie and one from Castlemilk, and firefighters reached the scene within four minutes.
“Four firefighters in breathing apparatus entered the building and were able to extinguish the fire.”
Ann Gee, executive director of housing and technical resources, said: “The council and emergency services responded to a serious incident in the early hours of Friday morning that resulted in the temporary evacuation of a number of households in Toryglen Road. The council made welfare facilities available to all affected residents at the nearby Burnhill Sports Centre, and all residents were safely returned to their homes later that morning.”
Incident The block of flats in Rutherglen, located on Toryglen Road