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Road­works which are af­fect­ing Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang (work pro­moted by South La­nark­shire Coun­cil un­less stated):

CAM­BUS­LANG MAIN STREET will be closed be­tween A763 Bridge Street and B759 Green­lees Road from 7am on Fri­day, May 26 to 11.59pm Wed­nes­day, May 31 to fa­cil­i­tate a Scot­tish Gas con­nec­tion to a prop­erty. Al­ter­na­tive route is via A763, Bridge Street, Cly­de­ford Road and A724 Hamil­ton Road.

A724 CAM­BUS­LANG ROAD closed be­tween B768 Main Street and Duchess Place un­til Fri­day, May 26, to fa­cil­i­tate Net­work Rail car­ry­ing out re­pairs to the bridge su­per­struc­ture. Di­ver­sion route via A724 Cam­bus­lang Road, A749 Farmeloan Road and B768 Main Street.

CAM­BUS­LANG MAIN STREET is closed be­tween its junc­tion with Green­lees Road and Bridge Street from 6am to 10pm Satur­day, June 17 to fa­cil­i­tate the Cam­bus­lang Sum­mer­fest 2017.

FISHESCOATES AV­ENUE is closed be­tween Fishescoates Av­enue and A749 East Kilbride Road from 7am Tues­day, May 2 to 23.59pm Fri­day, May 5 for car­riage­way resur­fac­ing works.

TANZIEKNOWE AV­ENUE, DRIVE and PLACE will be closed from 7am on Mon­day, May 8 to 23.59pm on Fri­day, May 12 and 7am on Mon­day, May 15 to 23.59pm on Fri­day, May 19 for car­riage­way resur­fac­ing.

RUTHER­GLEN MAIN STREET is closed be­tween its junc­tions with Mill Street and Stonelaw Road on Satur­day, June 3 from 6am to 10pm for Lan­de­mer Day cel­e­bra­tions. Ve­hi­cles ap­proach­ing east of the clo­sure are to pro­ceed south on Stonelaw Road, west on Rodger Drive and north on Mill Street to com­plete the di­ver­sion. CATHCART ROAD at num­ber 13, May 1-12. Pro­moter, Scot­tish Wa­ter. STONELAW ROAD at Roger­park Nurs­ing Home, May 2-9. Pro­moter, Scot­tish Wa­ter.

CAM­BUS­LANG ROAD at num­ber 242, May 2-10. Pro­moter, Scot­tish Wa­ter. GREEN­LEES ROAD foot­way op­po­site 1a, May 2-3. Pro­moter, En­er­get­ics.

Somervell Street, Cam­bus­lang; Somervell Street; Bridge Street; Main Street; Hamil­ton Road; Croft Road; John­son Drive; Taber­na­cle Street; Taber­na­cle Lane. May 14, starts 2.15pm.

Cathcart Place, Ruther­glen; Cathcart Place; Cathcart Road; Burn­hill Street; To­ry­glen Road; Western Av­enue; Chapel Street to Ceno­taph; Chapel Street; Burn­hill Street ; Main Street ; Farmeloan Road; King Street; Cale­do­nia Av­enue; Main Street; Burn­hill Street; Cathcart Road; Cathcart Place. Start 1pm, May 13. In­for­ma­tion cor­rect as of Tues­day, May 2, ac­cord­ing to the Scot­tish Traf­fic Com­mis­sioner and South La­nark­shire Coun­cil. The deputy leader of South La­nark­shire Coun­cil has been con­victed of scar­ing a teenage girl af­ter a boozy night in Ruther­glen.

Larkhall coun­cil­lor Jackie Burns had been trav­el­ling on a bus from Hamil­ton to Nether­burn on the evening of Septem­ber 18 last year when he re­peat­edly turned round to­wards a teenage girl and her boyfriend from his seat fur­ther down the bus – and at one point ap­proached them.

Fis­cal de­pute Fiona Kirkby asked the girl how she felt about coun­cil­lor Burns’ be­hav­iour. She had said it had been un­wanted and that she had been “very scared.”

The charge through­out pro­ceed­ings had been one of a sex­u­ally ag­gra­vated breach of the peace.

It had al­leged that Burns had made ges­tures of a sex­ual na­ture to­wards the girl and had tried to get the girl to sit on his leg or be­side him.

He was also al­leged to have ap­proached another fe­male on the ve­hi­cle and to have tried to strike up a con­ver­sa­tion with her.

How­ever, fol­low­ing ev­i­dence, Sher­iff Dou­glas Brown took th­ese as­pects out of the charge along with men­tion of the sex­ual ag­gra­va­tion.

Giv­ing ev­i­dence at Hamil­ton Sher­iff Court, coun­cil­lor Burns could not ex­plain his ac­tions on the bus that night “in terms of ra­tio­nal be­hav­iour”.

He said that he had been out with friends in Ruther­glen since the af­ter­noon and had been drink­ing.

Ques­tioned by his so­lic­i­tor, he said: “There were two peo­ple in the back of the bus who were an­noyed by my be­hav­iour, but another woman on the bus and the driver were not con­cerned.”

Coun­cil­lor Burns ac­cepted that his be­hav­iour had been af­fected by the amount he had to drink that day. His lawyer asked him if he had made ges­tures of a sex­ual na­ture on the bus. Burns replied: “No. I find that ab­surd.”

He ac­cepted that he had walked to the back of the bus, but said he did not speak to the girl. He said he stood there for sec­onds, turned and walked back down the bus.

Asked to de­scribe his be­hav­iour by the fis­cal de­pute, he replied: “It’s un­usual be­hav­iour.”

Sher­iff Dou­glas Brown said he had been im­pressed by the ev­i­dence given by the girl and her boyfriend and was sat­is­fied that Burns’s be­hav­iour amounted to a breach of the peace.

The two wit­nesses had been “gen­uinely alarmed” par­tic­u­larly the girl who had been cry­ing, as well as the in­ci­dent hav­ing a con­tin­ued im­pact on her.

Sher­iff Brown said Burns’s be­hav­iour had been “weird, alarm­ing and up­set­ting” but he was not sat­is­fied there was a sex­ual mo­tive.

He de­ferred sen­tence on Burns, 52, of Clovemill Wynd, Larkhall, un­til June 8 for a crim­i­nal jus­tice so­cial work re­port and or­dered that he ap­pear on that date.

Where and when to avoid the dreaded traf­fic jams

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