String ban

An­other fine mess van­dals have got­ten gala day into

Rutherglen Reformer - - Front Page - Dou­glas Dickie

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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