Egg gangs ‘will not be tolerated’
MASKED groups of youths throwing eggs at windows are terrorising people in their homes, according to local police.
Community officer Andrew Simpson reported to Oban Community Council on October 31 that there have been many incidents over previous weeks of masked teenagers throwing eggs at house windows, including in Pulpit Hill, Glencruitten Road, and St Valery Place.
‘It has been youths hanging around in masks,’ PC Simpson reported. ‘It seems to happen at this time of year. They think they are in disguise.’ He added the attacks seemed ‘random’, and ‘not specifically targeted’.
‘They think it is a joke, but they are not aware how much they are affecting people,’ he added. ‘Vulnerable people are being affected by it. On occasion, it can be elderly people or people who may have mental health issues.
‘They do not realise how scared people who live on their own are. The house is where they feel safest and they no longer feel safe. They have nowhere else to go. It can be terrifying.
‘We have caught and spoken to young people. It’s the teens. It’s for the thrill or the chase. They think they do no harm. They need to see what they are doing. It will not be tolerated.’
North Connel residents took to social media to report ‘older kids possibly adults dressed as clowns chasing the kids and scaring them away’ on Hallowe’en weekend. Another reported ‘a group of around 20 15- or 16-year- olds egging the children out guising. There were wee groups of young kids sticking to certain areas and calling for lifts home as they were too scared to walk past this group of kids.’