CRACKDOWN ON PARK YOBS
Police warning over binge-drinking and rowdiness
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