Two men in serious condition following street attack
Two men remain in a serious condition in hospital following an attack in Rutherglen.
But residents of Drumilaw Way – where the victims aged 24 and 27 were assaulted – say they are “not shocked” by what happened.
The pair were assaulted by a gang during a large scale disturbance at around 2.45am on Sunday, April 9. The gang of around five or six young men, who were wearing hooded tops and who had their faces covered, attacked the men when they approached them at the grass area opposite the ‘USAVE’ store.
They were taken by ambulance to the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow where they are both being treated for serious injuries.
Hospital staff describe their conditions as serious but not life threatening.
A woman whose home looks on to the grass area where the men were attacked said: “It is not a shock to me at all.
“There has always been trouble here but there is trouble in every scheme.
“Now when you hear anything throughout the night you don’t even look out.
“I heard a scream the other
night, but I went back to sleep. That kind of noise isn’t unusual here. Neither is sirens, you hear sirens going up and down Blairbeth Road all the time.”
A second man, who also lives in the area, said territorial violence has always been a problem.
“There’s rivalry between the Blairbeth and Fernhill youths and that has been going on for 50 years,” he said. “It’s a territorial thing. That might be nothing to do with this, that could be a local thing. But generally any trouble here of a major physical confrontation tends to be territorial.”
Police are appealing to people within the scheme to come forward if they heard or witnessed the disturbance.
Detective Constable Ross Philip at Cambuslang CID said: “There are a lot of houses that overlook the grass area and roadway at Drumilaw Way and I’d like to speak to anyone who may have been disturbed by noise at this time of night and may have looked out and witnessed the two men being attacked.
“Anyone with information is asked to contact Cambuslang CID via 101 or alternatively Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 where anonymity can be maintained.”
Terror Several homes look on to the area where the assault took place
Vicious A brutal incident occurred here