Po­lice in­sist park yobs will be stopped

Rutherglen Reformer - - Court - Mur­ray Spooner

Ruther­glen po­lice have re­as­sured lo­cal res­i­dents they will do all they can to erad­i­cate an­ti­so­cial be­hav­iour in Cam­bus­lang Park.

The Re­former re­cently re­ported a num­ber of in­ci­dents where dogs were cut­ting their paws on sharp pieces of glass in the public gar­dens.

Any in­juries sus­tained are un­der­stood to have come from smashed glass bot­tles thrown by youths who oc­cupy the band­stand and other ar­eas of the fields, par­tic­u­larly at week­ends.

South La­nark­shire Coun­cil told how they main­tain a full-time pres­ence from Mon­day to Fri­day in the park.

How­ever, Cam­bus­lang res­i­dents, high­lighted the fact that items, in­clud­ing used con­doms, from Fri­day and Satur­day nights would not be picked up un­til at least Mon­day morn­ing, leav­ing an­i­mals and chil­dren vul­ner­a­ble to in­jury.

And many came for­ward to share their ex­pe­ri­ences since the is­sue was brought to light last month.

An­ge­line Coyle, who reg­u­larly walks her dog in the park, was dis­gusted by the be­hav­iour of some in­di­vid­u­als.

She said: “It’s like the af­ter­math of T in the Park. There is rub­bish and glass left ev­ery­where. It’s ab­so­lutely shock­ing.

“It’s the gangs who hang around at night.

“I was in the park and there was around 60 young­sters. It’s re­ally in­tim­i­dat­ing. I just picked my dog up and left. I phoned the po­lice while I was in the park and by the time I got to the end they were there.

“It makes me fu­ri­ous be­cause the Friends of Cam­bus­lang Park group do a great job with the park. It’s one of the best kept parks in Glas­gow.”

Claire Ren­nie posted on so­cial me­dia: “I’ve just came back from the park and am dis­gusted with what I saw. Lots of bro­ken glass and used con­doms. Dis­gust­ing.” Kim­berly Burns added: “They could at least use the bins. There should be more bins in the park.

“All the young ones could at least have a bit of re­spect and use them. They wouldn’t leave bro­ken glass or rub­bish ev­ery­where in their home, out­side is no dif­fer­ent.”

In­spec­tor Jim Gille­spie of Ruther­glen Po­lice re­as­sured dog walk­ers and gen­eral users of the park that the of­fi­cers know about the trou­ble be­ing caused.

He said: “Our lo­cal prob­lem solv­ing team are aware of the an­ti­so­cial be­hav­iour in the park and there has been ad­di­tional, both in uni­form and in plain clothes, checks.

“We will con­tinue to work with the Friends of Cam­bus­lang Park and the lo­cal au­thor­ity war­dens to make sure we are do­ing as much as we can to stop this kind of be­hav­iour.”

In­juredLes­ley McEwan with dogs Nala and Her­cules who both cut their paws while walk­ing in Cam­bus­lang Park

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