Fernhill firebugs are out of control
Replacing wheelie bins that have been stolen and set on fire in Fernhill has cost South Lanarkshire Council almost £4000 in the past four months.
Approximately 85 bins have been stolen since October and locals say anti-social behaviour in the scheme is “spiralling out of control”.
Since October firefighters have been repeatedly called to the scheme to put out the bin fires and others set on open grassland.
And this year at least eight cars have been damaged, with most having their wing mirrors kicked off and others spraypainted with green graffiti.
Davy O’Neill, a community champion of Fernhill and a coach at Fernhill Soccer School, said there is a growing feeling of anger amongst many locals.
“It’s a shame,” Davy said. “The gang fighting has stopped and all of a sudden there’s this vandalism.
“It’s spiralling out of control and there are these fires. Bins are constantly being set on fire. I reckon the fire engines are up here five times a week.”
He added: “Residents are very angry. A few of them are saying it’s a matter of time before people get hurt.
“These bins have cans in them and they could explode.”
Clydesmill Fire Station manager Robert Deans said: “There has definitely been an increase since November in people setting fires in the Rutherglen South area, specifically in Fernhill.
“Attending these fires diverts our resources to a different area from where they really need to be.”
Daniel Lowe, the council’s executive director of housing and technical resources, said: “We are aware of a recent outbreak of vandalism in the Fernhill area in relation to wheelie bins being set alight.
“In response to this the council have increased high-visibility community warden patrols and the presence of mobile CCTV vehicles in the area.
PC Laura Taylor said: “We are aware that there has been an increase in antisocial behaviour within the Fernhill area over recent months and we want to reassure the public that we are working in partnership with South Lanarkshire Council and Scottish Fire and Rescue to address this issue.
“Local community policing officers are carrying out extra patrols within the area and we would encourage anyone with information in relation to these incidents to contact us on 101 or alternatively via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111, where you can provide information anonymously”.
Antisocial behaviour can also be reported to South Lanarkshire council by calling 0800 389 1105.
Burnt out Vandals leave their mark on the scheme