An­ti­so­cial youths

The Galloway News - - NEWS -

“Dam­age has been caused to prop­er­ties and cars and their be­hav­iour is aw­ful.

“There are youths com­ing in on the bus from Cas­tle Dou­glas, Gate­house, Twyn­holm, Dal­beat­tie and Dum­fries as well as the kids from Kirkcud­bright.

“The huge num­bers are in­tim­i­dat­ing and scary, many are drunk, ex­tremely loud and loutish. They are cheeky, swear, have no fear and no re­spect.”

The res­i­dent added: “Our lo­cal po­lice­man is fan­tas­tic but he is only one man. We need the po­lice sta­tion re–opened or, at the very least, more po­lice pres­ence and the town’s CCTV up and work­ing again.

“It feels like some of the po­lice don’t re­alise how fear­ful and an­gry res­i­dents are.”

Coun­cil­lor Camp­bell told the News: “I’m very con­cerned about the in­crease in an­ti­so­cial be­hav­iour by young peo­ple in Kirkcud­bright.

“It’s a re­cur­ring prob­lem and sim­ply un­ac­cept­able that peo­ple should feel in­ti­mated and fear­ful in their own homes.

“I’ve been as­sured by Chief In­spec­tor Mark Hol­lis, the po­lice com­man­der for Gal­loway, that this mat­ter is be­ing taken se­ri­ously.

“A plan is in place with ad­di­tional of­fi­cers to put a stop to this is­sue.”

He added: “I would urge peo­ple to con­tact po­lice im­me­di­ately if there are fur­ther in­stances of disor­der so that the ap­pro­pri­ate ac­tion can be taken.”

Coun­cil­lor Mait­land warned Kirkcud­bright’s sense of civic pride was un­der threat.

She said: “We have had so many lovely things hap­pen in the town for years with ab­so­lutely no prob­lem.

“Then you get one or two bam­pots who are spoil­ing things for ev­ery­one.

“Peo­ple here have great re­spect for other peo­ple’s prop­erty and civic life.

“If this be­hav­iour was to con­tinue there’s a dan­ger ded­i­cated peo­ple would lose heart.

“That would be dis­as­trous for the town and we would not want that to hap­pen.”

She added: “Some young­sters don’t un­der­stand the im­pact of these in­ci­dents.

“Peo­ple are jus­ti­fi­ably an­gry about it. This is not the usual state of af­fairs in Kirkcud­bright.”

Chief In­spec­tor Hol­lis, right, said: id: “We We have worked out a pro­gramme of po­lice and d joint pa­trols with the coun­cil’s s com­mu­nity safety team.

“We will give the area par­tic­u­lar r at­ten­tion to­wards Bon­fire Night t when folk can get a bit bois­ter­ous.

“Any­one with con­cerns should phone us at that time.

“Of­ten it is just two or three e ring­leaders caus­ing the prob­lem m and their be­hav­iour in­flu­ences s oth­ers.

“It’s all about early in­ter­ven­tion and pre­vent­ing these kind of in­ci­dents.”

Fes­ti­val of Light art in­stal­la­tions in Har­bour Square were van­dalised last week. A blue Dr Who po­lice box had its win­dows smashed and the wicker horse statue was dam­aged.

Chief In­spec­tor Hol­lis said: “We are fol­low­ing a very pos­i­tive line of in­quiry in terms of iden­ti­fy­ing the kids in­volved.”

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