Yobs iden­ti­fied over an­ti­so­cial be­hav­iour

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Edel Ke­nealy

The peo­ple re­spon­si­ble for ter­ror­is­ing a Ruther­glen com­mu­nity have been iden­ti­fied, au­thor­i­ties have said.

South La­nark­shire Coun­cil this week con­firmed it is con­tin­u­ing to gather ev­i­dence against those re­spon­si­ble for a del­uge of an­ti­so­cial be­hav­iour in the neigh­bour­hood.

The state­ment comes weeks after the lo­cal au­thor­ity wrote to Burn­hill res­i­dents en­cour­ag­ing them to name and shame those caus­ing trou­ble.

Daniel Lowe, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of hous­ing re­sources at South La­nark­shire Coun­cil, said the ap­peal for in­for­ma­tion had been suc­cess­ful.

He said: “South La­nark­shire Coun­cil’s an­ti­so­cial be­hav­iour ser­vices are con­tin­u­ing to progress a num­ber of in­ves­ti­ga­tions in re­la­tion to an­ti­so­cial be­hav­iour in Burn­hill.

“The coun­cil and Po­lice Scot­land con­tinue to work along­side lo­cal res­i­dents to gather ev­i­dence against a num­ber of iden­ti­fied in­di­vid­u­als re­spon­si­ble and will progress ac­tion, in­clud­ing le­gal ac­tion, where ap­pro­pri­ate.

“The coun­cil con­tin­ues to en­cour­age lo­cal res­i­dents to re­port their con­cerns in con­fi­dence to the coun­cil’s An­ti­so­cial Be­hav­iour Hot­line on 0800 389 1105, or to con­tact Po­lice Scot­land on tele­phone num­ber 101.”

The let­ters ap­peal­ing for in­for­ma­tion were is­sued to Burn­hill res­i­dents in April and of­fered res­i­dents anonymity in any fu­ture le­gal pro­ceed­ings, stat­ing a coun­cil of­fi­cer could act as a witness on their be­half.

The let­ters were posted after two ar­son at­tacks in the scheme within three months.

A car­a­van was set alight on Western Av­enue at 7.50pm on Mon­day, April 17, whilst an un­oc­cu­pied flat on the same street was de­lib­er­ately set on fire in Jan­uary.

Inspector Jim Gille­spie of Ruther­glen Po­lice said: “Un­der no cir­cum­stances will Po­lice Scot­land tol­er­ate any form of an­ti­so­cial be­hav­iour within Burn­hill, or any­where else within the Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang ar­eas.

“Where there is any ev­i­dence of crim­i­nal­ity we will make ar­rests and put those in­volved be­fore a court.

“Our of­fi­cers have an ex­cel­lent work­ing re­la­tion­ship with the lo­cal au­thor­ity an­ti­so­cial in­ves­ti­ga­tion team and we will con­tinue to work closely with them to share in­for­ma­tion to make our com­mu­ni­ties safer.”

Tar­get The Burn­hill flats

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