Youth crime comes un­der the spot­light

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Edel Ke­nealy

they were feel­ing in­tim­i­dated.

“Crime is com­ing down in of­fi­cial fig­ures re­ported in Cam­bus­lang, but that’s not my ex­pe­ri­ence ( given feed­back from res­i­dents) or the per­cep­tion of the com­mu­nity.

“We are tak­ing this is­sue on based on what the peo­ple’s needs are and that’s com­ing through in the sur­veys and the statis­tics that have been in the pa­per.”

Michelle and her fel­low com­mu­nity coun­cil­lors have re­quested a meet­ing with po­lice to dis­cuss the fig­ures, but ar­gued all pub­lic agen­cies were re­spon­si­ble for pro­vid­ing young peo­ple with al­ter­na­tives to crime.

She said di­ver­sion­ary ac­tiv­i­ties, in­creased job op­por­tu­ni­ties and tack­ing in­equal­i­ties were es­sen­tial if Cam­bus­lang was to be dropped from the prison league ta­ble.

Michelle added: “This is some­thing that im­pacts the com­mu­nity of Cam­bus­lang.

“It’s an is­sue we want to bring to the ta­ble and to look at and see what we can do be­cause it’s clearly a prob­lem. There has to be a so­lu­tion found for it.”

In­spec­tor Jim Gille­spie of the com­mu­nity polic­ing team in Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang, said: “We work closely with our part­ners to im­pact upon youth of­fend­ing and this in­cludes reg­u­lar en­gage­ment with mem­bers of the com­mu­nity and lo­cal groups.

“Whilst lo­cal of­fi­cers at­tend the monthly com­mu­nity coun­cil meet­ings to re­port on po­lice ac­tiv­ity, we will also be meet­ing rep­re­sen­ta­tives to pro­vide fur­ther in­for­ma­tion about what Po­lice Scot­land is do­ing in re­la­tion to the young peo­ple who come to our at­ten­tion.”

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