Two men in se­ri­ous con­di­tion fol­low­ing street at­tack

Rutherglen Reformer - - Front Page - Edel Ke­nealy

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

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