Teens in Crieff rooftop craze

Dan­ger warn­ing as kids gather for night on tiles

Strathearn Herald - - FRONT PAGE - Lynn Duke

Strath youths are putting their lives at risk with a dan­ger­ous new pas­time.

Crieff res­i­dents have re­ported see­ing fig­ures walk­ing along the rooftops of East High Street.

It seems the flat roof of the empty Frank Thom­son’s shop has be­come a gath­er­ing place for teenagers. They are gain­ing ac­cess from the back of the build­ing, us­ing the hor­i­zon­tal bars of a win­dow as a ladder, and the fire es­cape, to haul them­selves up.

One man told the Her­ald: “I was on the op­po­site side of the road at the Pre­to­ria Bar one evening when I saw about half a dozen of them walk­ing along the roof above the frontage of the Pol­ish shop. The po­lice ar­rived but the kids had gone by then.”

Other lo­cals have also re­ported see­ing young­sters on the roof of the Crieff Ho­tel.

Neigh­bours nearby say they fear for the safety of the teenagers but also that it is a fright­en­ing ex­pe­ri­ence to hear them clam­ber­ing about on the roofs. One said it was “hor­ri­ble” to look out of the win­dow and see some­one sud­denly ap­pear­ing on the roof.

She said: “They seem to like to climb up there to drink as it’s

hid­den from the pub­lic - apart from the sev­eral flats that over­look it - and it gets the sun in the evening. An­other res­i­dent has told me she’s heard them play­ing mu­sic and jump­ing about on her roof.

“I’m an­noyed as I feel it’s en­croach­ing on my pri­vacy but it does make me wor­ried that they’ll fall off too. There’s gravel and loose chips on the roof so it would be very easy to slip.

“I don’t know how strong the roof is ei­ther and if there’s sev­eral of them up there - the most I’ve seen is about four - then the roof isn’t de­signed for that. If they went through it and knocked them­selves out or worse then I would feel re­spon­si­ble for get­ting help to them and I don’t want that. It makes me on edge enough to see them up there and I can’t re­lax in my own home, even af­ter they’ve gone.”

Res­i­dents say they have alerted the po­lice about the sit­u­a­tion on more than one oc­ca­sion.

A spokesper­son for Po­lice Scot­land said: “Po­lice were alerted to re­ports of youths on a build­ing in High Street on 26 Au­gust. When of­fi­cers ar­rived there was no trace of the youths. Climb­ing on roofs poses a gen­uine dan­ger to any­one and we would like to re­mind the pub­lic not to do so.”

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