CRACK­DOWN ON PARK YOBS

Po­lice warn­ing over binge-drink­ing and row­di­ness

Rutherglen Reformer - - Front Page - Dou­glas Dickie

Yobs in­tent on caus­ing anti-so­cial be­hav­iour in Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang parks have been warned their be­hav­iour will not be tol­er­ated by cops.

Po­lice this week said they were crack­ing down on in­ci­dents in all the area’s parks and open spa­ces.

Last week the Re­former re­ported that teens had wreaked havoc in Cam­bus­lang Park once more.

They smashed bot­tles and dumped lit­ter dur­ing binge-drink­ing ses­sions.

And on Fri­day, April 28, of­fi­cers were called out to both Over­toun and Cam­bus­lang parks af­ter re­ports of youths caus­ing trou­ble and drink­ing.

With the light nights and warmer weather now here, po­lice chiefs will place ex­tra fo­cus on the fa­cil­i­ties.

In­spec­tor Jim Gillespie (right) at Ruther­glen Po­lice said: “As the weather im­proves and lighter nights come in we will be giv­ing ex­tra po­lice at­ten­tion to public

parks and open spa­ces in the sub divi­sion.

“Dur­ing the sum­mer months there tends to be an in­crease in calls re­lated to youth dis­or­der, con­sump­tion of al­co­hol and anti-so­cial be­hav­iour.

“Our parks and recre­ation ar­eas are for every­one to use and en­joy with­out fear of crime or in­tim­i­da­tion.

“We will be en­sur­ing lo­cal of­fi­cers are pro­vid­ing an in­creased, high-vis­i­bil­ity pres­ence. Con­tact po­lice on 101 to re­port any con­cerns.”

The news was wel­comed by Friends of Over­toun Park’s Elaine Devlin.

She said: “The kids be­ing in the park isn’t the ma­jor prob­lem, it’s the smash­ing of bot­tles and things like that.

“It can be very spo­radic but it does tend to hap­pen when the weather gets bet­ter.

“As a group we have started talk­ing about how we can cater for the older kids. A lot of the ac­tiv­i­ties we have on is for younger chil­dren.

“On the whole the teenagers are great, it’s just a hand­ful of peo­ple who cause prob­lems. Ex­tra po­lice at­ten­tion will def­i­nitely be help­ful.”

Other fa­cil­i­ties that could see more po­lice at­ten­tion in­clude Holmhills Park and the for­mer site of Blair­beth Golf Club. Both ex­pe­ri­enced prob­lems with quad bik­ers and anti-so­cial be­hav­iour last sum­mer.

And last month we re­ported that res­i­dents in New­ton had made com­plaints to po­lice about youths us­ing an iso­lated lane as a drink­ing and sex den.

Pa­trols Po­lice have warned youths they will be fo­cussing on lo­cal parks such as Over­toun dur­ing the sum­mer months

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