Care home protest

Teenagers climb onto roof

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Edel Ke­nealy

Two teenage girls climbed on to the roof of a chil­dren’s home on Mon­day in a dra­matic protest.

The girls, res­i­dents of a Burn­side care home, climbed out of a win­dow on to the roof at around 11am, but were coaxed down by fire­fight­ers about an hour later.

The cause of the protest re­mains un­known, but the Re­former un­der­stands the girls’ con­cerns are be­ing ad­dressed by so­cial work­ers.

The area sur­round­ing the home came to a stand­still when half a dozen po­lice cars and the fire bri­gade rushed to the scene.

One on­looker said: “The road was shut while the fire bri­gade were try­ing to get the girls down. They were run­ning around the build­ing and there’s quite a drop at the back.”

Ge­orge Ste­wart, head of ser­vice at Inspire Scot­land which runs the fa­cil­ity, rub­bished ear­lier ru­mours a fire had bro­ken out.

He said: “There was no fire. The po­lice and fire bri­gade were in at­ten­dance for a pe­riod of time. They have since left and the sit­u­a­tion is be­ing man­aged. It was young peo­ple on the roof... that’s why we sought sup­port from the po­lice and fire ser­vice.

“There was a pe­riod where a young per­son may have in­jured them­selves and po­lice came to pro­vide sup­port.” A spokes­woman for Po­lice Scot­land said: “At around 11am on Au­gust 1, two girls climbed on to the roof of a care home in, Ruther­glen. Emer­gency ser­vices at­tended and the girls came down at ap­prox­i­mately mid­day.”

South La­nark­shire Coun­cil con­firmed it does not use the fa­cil­ity, but it is un­der­stood young peo­ple from Glas­gow are housed there.

A spokesman for Glas­gow City Coun­cil said: “We can­not dis­cuss the care ar­range­ments of any individual. En­sur­ing that vul­ner­a­ble chil­dren are sup­ported ap­pro­pri­ately is al­ways our pri­or­ity.”

Mon­day’s in­ci­dent has seen Burn­side res­i­dents ask whether or not the care home should be op­er­at­ing in a quiet res­i­den­tial area and one neigh­bour, who did not want to be named, said: “I’m not against chil­dren’s homes, but I think it should be some­where else, in­stead of in a quiet res­i­den­tial street.

“The po­lice have been there nu­mer­ous times. They are there at least once a week. It’s a good or­gan­i­sa­tion pos­si­bly, but it is in the wrong place.”

A sec­ond neigh­bour said: “The amount of po­lice ac­tiv­ity is be­com­ing ridicu­lous. I stay a few doors away and I’m con­cerned about the po­lice ac­tiv­ity each night of the week.

“I don’t know if it’s mal­ice or van­dal­ism, but there’s some­thing dread­ful go­ing on there.”

Emer­gency ser­vices Po­lice closed off the area around the home as fire­fight­ers coaxed the girls down from the roof

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