Another fine mess vandals have gotten gala day into
Calls have been made to finally end the scourge of silly string that blights gala days in Rutherglen and Cambuslang.
Rutherglen Main Street was left a mess after the Landemer celebrations earlier this month and a similar problem was experienced at Summerfest on Saturday.
Organisers of Rutherglen and Cambuslang’s two biggest gala days have admitted their frustration at vandalism by youths attending the events.
Once again Rutherglen Main Street was left a mess after Landemer Day with kids using silly string and temporary hair dye to graffiti street furniture.
And that was repeated at the Summerfest celebrations in Cambuslang on Saturday.
Traders are continuing to stock the items despite repeated pleas from both committees to not sell them on the day.
As the string and dye wash off in the rain, using it on the likes of bins and bus shelters is not a criminal offence.
However, South Lanarkshire Council did need to deploy workers to clear up Rutherglen Main Street after Landemer Day.
Ian Duncan, secretary of the Landemer Committee, said the issue had been discussed at several of their meetings.
He added: “There’s very little we can do. We’ve asked the shops not to sell it but some of them still do because it’s so popular.
“I actually seen a parent showing their child, who was about two or three, how to spray it.
“What chance do you have? If the adults are doing that, can you really blame the children?
“I would ask parents not to buy it for their children.”
Ian said the committee had received complaints about the issue. He added: “If anyone knows how to stop it, please come to our AGM on the second last Thursday in November.”
Neither Landemer Day or Summerfest permit stallholders to sell silly string.
Summerfest chairman John Edgar revealed committee members had to clear it from windows of local businesses after Saturday’s celebrations. He said: “We’re still struggling with it. “I was up at the Main Street on Monday morning and it was still a bit of a mess.”
Commenting last week after the Landemer event, Alistair McKinnon, the council’s head of support services, community and enterprise resources, said: “Since last weekend’s event, grounds services teams have cleaned silly string and spray paint from a number of locations.
“Unfortunately this has resulted in the reallocation of resources that would normally be utilised elsewhere - a situation we have to deal with annually.
“Whilst the bus shelters have also now been cleaned by the owners, we will also get in touch with the owners of the advertising boards and telephone boxes to highlight the damage.”
According to Scottish law: “Any person who, without reasonable excuse, wilfully or recklessly destroys or damages any property belonging to another shall be guilty of the offence of vandalism.”
Inspector Jim Gillespie at Rutherglen Police Office said: “We are aware that many of the young people who attend both Rutherglen Landemer Day and Cambuslang Summerfest, cause annoyance by spraying from cans of so called silly string or coloured paint.
“Whilst this is in itself not considered to be a criminal matter, any persons who do act in a disorderly manner at these events, whether they are spraying from such cans or not, may well be committing an offence and need to mindful of how their actions may be impacting upon others who are there to enjoy the events.
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