Sex den

Drink and drug-fu­elled gath­er­ings

Rutherglen Reformer - - Front Page - Edel Ke­nealy

Res­i­dents of a Cam­bus­lang street say teenagers are gath­er­ing nearby to drink, take drugs and have sex while in the pres­ence of younger chil­dren.

Home­own­ers on New­ton Av­enue say the area is be­ing in­vaded by up 50 youths as they con­gre­gate at the lane by Light­burn on a nightly ba­sis.

Res­i­dents of a Cam­bus­lang street say teenagers are gath­er­ing nearby to drink, take drugs and have sex while in the pres­ence of younger chil­dren.

Home­own­ers on New­ton Av­enue say the area is be­ing in­vaded by up to 50 youths as they con­gre­gate at the lane by Light­burn on a nightly ba­sis.

The res­i­dents, who have con­tacted po­lice on sev­eral oc­ca­sions, say they are con­cerned about the wel­fare of the teenagers in­volved, as well as their own young chil­dren, who have been ex­posed to shout­ing, bad lan­guage and dis­tur­bances.

One res­i­dent, who did not want to be named, said: “It has been a Fri­day, Satur­day and Sun­day night and some­times dur­ing the week.

“They drink, some chil­dren are as young as 10.

“I found con­dom wrap­pers at the end of the street where they con­gre­gate down the lane. There’s ev­i­dence of drug use, such as bongs, and there are vul­ner­a­ble kids go­ing down there.

“I’m gen­uinely wor­ried about some of the kids be­cause they are so young. One boy, who was about 12, could barely walk and there was a girl and it was ev­i­dent that she had been in­volved in sex­ual ac­tiv­ity.

“This is a ma­jor child pro­tec­tion is­sue. It’s such a worry, some­one has to look af­ter them.”

Ex­plain­ing that the anti-so­cial be­hav­iour be­gan around three or four weeks ago, the res­i­dent fears the prob­lem will es­ca­late dur­ing the sum­mer months.

“I have called the po­lice and the neigh­bours called the po­lice at the week­end, and I know there are worse crimes, so they were only able to send one car. They all ran and one girl jumped into the burn to es­cape them. She was out of it, she was ab­so­lutely va­cant, I don’t know what she was on, or what she was drink­ing. She was soaked.”

Res­i­dents have also re­ported young­sters shout­ing foul lan­guage up and down the street and of teens or­der­ing take­aways to houses on the street and wait­ing out­side for the de­liv­ery.

A po­lice spokesman said: “We have re­ceived a num­ber of re­ports re­lat­ing to youth dis­or­der in New­ton Av­enue in the past few weeks. As a re­sult plain clothes po­lice of­fi­cers and high vis­i­bil­ity pa­trols have been stepped up in the area.

“We would ac­tively en­cour­age mem­bers of the pub­lic to call us when th­ese in­ci­dents oc­cur as it al­lows us to ef­fec­tively tar­get re­sources at the right time on the right days.”

One boy, who was about 12, could barely walk

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Den Res­i­dents say this iso­lated lane is of­ten pop­u­lated by kids tak­ing drugs and even hav­ing sex

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