Egg gangs ‘will not be tol­er­ated’

The Oban Times - - NEWS -

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.’

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