Un­ruly yobs ac­cused of turn­ing Mor­risons’ back yard into drugs den

Rutherglen Reformer - - Front Page - Edel Ke­nealy

Teenage yobs have turned the back of a su­per­mar­ket in Cam­bus­lang into a drink and drugs den, claim neigh­bours.

A Cam­bus­lang mother whose door was smashed by the young­sters says Mor­risons must do more to stop the teens gain­ing ac­cess.

The woman, who did not want to be named for fear of reper­cus­sions, has en­dured ver­bal abuse and had mis­siles thrown at her prop­erty af­ter telling youths to stop us­ing her gar­den as a short­cut to the store. Teenagers have been climb­ing the fence in her back gar­den to get into the yard of the su­per­mar­ket where they have re­port­edly been drink­ing and tak­ing drugs.

It is un­der­stood one thug even spat at Mor­risons staff when con­fronted. The woman,

who has lived in the Mor­ris­ton Park Drive es­tate for 10 years, says the su­per­mar­ket giant must do more to close that area off and en­sure it is no longer ac­ces­si­ble to the teens re­spon­si­ble for so much anti-so­cial be­hav­iour in the area.

The mother of young chil­dren said:“I con­fronted one of them. I said to them to get down from the fence and they laughed and then threw a stone which smashed my win­dow.

“My hus­band said to a few kids to stop climb­ing the fence so they threw eggs at my car. It’s a night­mare.”

Ex­plain­ing the anti-so­cial be­hav­iour has been a prob­lem on and off for years, she said:“My hus­band brought the man­ager of Mor­risons to where it was hap­pen­ing and they found bongs and cannabis de­bris.

“I don’t want my kids play­ing in the gar­den be­cause of it.”

She said a num­ber of house­hold­ers on the street were vic­tims of the anti-so­cial be­hav­iour, ar­gu­ing Mor­risons needs to ad­dress the trou­bled hot spot once and for all.

Recog­nis­ing they too have fallen vic­tim to th­ese youths, the woman said: “Mor­risons are get­ting abused and their staff are be­ing spat on. Th­ese kids, they have been steal­ing their stock. “It’s the same kids all the time. “It’s not the man­ager, it’s the cen­tral staff, the head­quar­ters, they are not help­ing.”

A spokesman for Mor­risons su­per­mar­ket said:“We are look­ing at a num­ber of op­tions to pre­vent prob­lems on this piece of land in­clud­ing ex­tra se­cu­rity checks.”

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