Po­lice urged to cut off booze sup­ply for teens

‘Catch the adults buy­ing drink’says coun­cil chair­man

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Edel Ke­nealy

Com­mu­nity lead­ers in Half­way say the po­lice must catch those buy­ing al­co­hol for teens if the town is ever to tackle in­creas­ing anti- so­cial be­hav­iour.

John Edgar, chair­man of Half­way Com­mu­nity Coun­cil, said more needed to be done to weed out adults who are buy­ing the al­co­hol that fu­els reck­less and dan­ger­ous be­hav­iour.

His com­ments come two weeks af­ter a crowd of drunk youths van­dalised six cars be­fore threat­en­ing res­i­dents on Cas­tle Chim­mins Road.

Wing mir­rors were ripped off cars and plant pots thrown on to ve­hi­cles on Fri­day, July 15.

“These are not triv­ial things,” Mr Edgar said.

“What they re­ally need to do is catch the adults buy­ing the drink. They are not get­ting it them­selves in Half­way. It’s other peo­ple that are buy­ing it for them.

“The adults charge them £ 1 each to buy it and then take it around the back and give it to them. We have ar­gued that point for years.

“I know at least two adults are buy­ing them drink. If there’s five or 10 of them and it costs them £1 each, if there are 10 kids they are mak­ing £10. It’s a cushy num­ber if they are not get­ting caught.”

Mr Edgar added: “We need more CCTV. It doesn’t cover where they hand it over.

“We need more plain clothed po­lice at the week­end to catch these adults.

“There are three off li­cences within 100 yards of each other.

“The shops are dili­gent, but if some­one is buy­ing six carry outs in a night it’s not just for them. It’s Mad Dog and that stuff so they should know.”

PC Laura Tay­lor of the La­nark­shire com­mu­nity polic­ing unit, said: “We would en­cour­age Half­way Com­mu­nity Coun­cil to con­tact us on 101 when they ob­serve this tak­ing place to al­low of­fi­cers to at­tend and deal with it ac­cord­ingly.

“I will speak to South La­nark­shire Coun­cil com­mu­nity war­dens and ar­range for Craigail­lan Av­enue and Glen Street to be added to the route plan for their mo­bile CCTV van which pa­trols the area.

“Our com­mu­nity in­ves­ti­ga­tion unit are plain clothes of­fi­cers that reg­u­larly carry out pa­trols in the Half­way area and are aware of the re­cent dis­or­der at Cas­tle Chim­mins Road.”

Van­dal­ism Six cars were tar­geted on Cas­tle Chim­mins Road last month

Speak­ing out John Edgar says po­lice must tar­get un­der­age drink­ing to tackle anti-so­cial be­hav­iour

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