Blade scare

Rutherglen Reformer - - Front Page - Edel Ke­nealy

A dis­traught mother has hit out at the thug who brought a blade within inches of her tod­dler when they slashed the bag hang­ing on his pram.

Wendy Garvie was shop­ping on Cam­bus­lang Main Street with her two-year-old son when the bag, con­tain­ing her purse, his bot­tle and nap­pies, was cut.

A dis­traught mother has hit out at the thug who brought a blade within inches of her tod­dler when they slashed the bag hang­ing on his pram.

Wendy Garvie was shop­ping on Cam­bus­lang Main Street with her two-year old son when the bag, con­tain­ing her purse, his bot­tle and nap­pies, was cut.

The mother of four says the padded nap­pies pre­vented any­thing from fall­ing out of the bag, so she only re­alised the bag had been cut at home.

She is hor­ri­fied a thief would un­leash a blade so close to her child.

Wendy said: “My son was in the pram and the bag was on the back of it. My wee boy is only two.

“It’s more scary that my boy was in the pram and they were cut­ting with a knife while he was in the pram. I am more scared about that than them get­ting away with my [purse].

“Luck­ily noth­ing was stolen but you can quite clearly see that it has been cut as the stitch­ing is still per­fectly in­tact.

“I showed the bag to a few peo­ple and my fam­ily and they all thought it had been cut.”

Wendy says the thief must have re­alised her purse and phone was in the child’s back­pack as she had no hand­bag with her while at the shops on Main Street on the af­ter­noon of Au­gust 15.

She be­lieves she was tar­geted mo­ments be­fore she was due to col­lect her two older chil­dren from school.

“When I go into the shops I might leave the empty pram and walk to the bot­tom of the shop, I don’t know if that’s when it has hap­pened,” Wendy added.

“They prob­a­bly did it to see if any­thing fell out.

“It’s scary you can’t put your bag on the back of the pram. Now I have it on my body, but you should feel safe walk­ing through the street, I shouldn’t have to do that.

“I have heard of this hap­pen­ing in the city but I didn’t ex­pect that in Cam­bus­lang.”

Wendy has spo­ken out and shared her ex­pe­ri­ence on so­cial me­dia as a warn­ing to other Cam­bus­lang res­i­dents, par­tic­u­larly par­ents.

Po­lice con­sta­ble Laura Tay­lor of Po­lice La­nark­shire’s safer com­mu­ni­ties di­vi­sion said: “We haven’t re­ceived any re­ports of this type of in­ci­dent in the area.

“We would re­mind the pub­lic of the im­por­tance of keeping your per­sonal be­long­ings safe and in your sight at all times.

“Don’t leave be­long­ings unat­tended and al­ways re­port any in­ci­dents of theft. You can con­tact us via 101 or at­tend at Ruther­glen Po­lice Of­fice be­tween 8am and 6pm seven days a week.”

Hor­ri­fied Wendy Garvie was dev­as­tated to see the bag on her baby’s pram was cut

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