Gang vi­o­lence wor­ries as man at­tacked

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Dou­glas Dickie

Fears are grow­ing in Castlemilk about the re­turn of gang vi­o­lence af­ter a 23-year-old man was at­tacked in the early hours of sun­day morn­ing.

De­tec­tives are prob­ing the at­tack, which took place on Castlemilk Drive near the bus stop and junc­tion with Dougrie Drive.

The vic­tim was ap­proached by a group of six to 10 youths, both male and fe­male, who as­saulted him and ran off in the di­rec­tion of the swim­ming pool.

The 23-year-old was taken by am­bu­lance to the Queen El­iz­a­beth univer­sity Hospi­tal for treat­ment for a sig­nif­i­cant head in­jury. He is cur­rently still in hospi­tal where his con­di­tion is de­scribed as sta­ble.

Af­ter the at­tack, a post on the pop­u­lar Castlemilk Com­mu­nity News Face­book page urged any­one with in­for­ma­tion to come for­ward.

An ad­min of the group wrote: “We don’t know much in­for­ma­tion to say any­thing else but we had this same prob­lem the last two sum­mers with un­der-age drink­ing, vi­o­lence, knife crime and ter­ri­to­ri­al­ism af­ter it [was] look­ing as if we had turned our back on all that.”

They later wrote: “Please with the sum­mer com­ing up help keep your teenage sons, daugh­ters, sis­ters, brothers safe.

“It’s so easy for good kids to get caught up in a bad crowd and get a hold of cheap drink. This was a un­pro­voked and ran­dom at­tack by a group of drunk teenagers on an in­no­cent lo­cal man- some­one must know some­thing about one of the 10 peo­ple in­volved.”

“If you were there but didn’t take part please don’t be scared to come for­ward be­cause you will all be caught even­tu­ally.’’

De­tec­tive sergeant Martin smith, of Cath­cart CID, is ap­peal­ing for wit­nesses.

He said: “our en­quiries are at a very early stage, how­ever, it is be­lieved that this at­tack was un­pro­voked. un­for­tu­nately due to the sever­ity of the vic­tim’s in­juries, we’ve been un­able to speak to him as yet.

“Where the as­sault took place is a very busy thor­ough­fare, and even at the late hour would have been busy with taxis or other mo­torists com­ing from the city cen­tre or go­ing in to the city cen­tre. The vic­tim had been walk­ing home from a nearby li­censed premises when he was as­saulted.

“We’re un­der­tak­ing a num­ber of en­quiries into the as­sault, which in­cludes speak­ing to lo­cal res­i­dents nearby and ac­cess­ing CCTV. How­ever, I would like to speak to any­one who may have wit­nessed this ter­ri­ble at­tack on this young man. At the mo­ment we have no clear mo­tive for the at­tack which is very con­cern­ing.

“I’d like to re­as­sure the lo­cal com­mu­nity that sig­nif­i­cant en­quiries are un­der­way to trace those re­spon­si­ble, how­ever, I would like to speak to any­one who was in the vicin­ity of Castlemilk Drive at the time of the in­ci­dent. you may have in­for­ma­tion which could as­sist with our en­quiries.”

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion can con­tact po­lice on 101. Al­ter­na­tively, con­tact Crimestop­pers anony­mously on 0800 555 111.

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