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“It means that some peo­ple won’t open their blinds and they are liv­ing in dark­ness.

“They have threat­ened to get po­lice but they will just say to them that if you do we will tell the po­lice that you’re tak­ing pic­tures and that you are a pae­dophile.

“Th­ese peo­ple don’t know what to do and they just want to con­tact some­one. “It is ridicu­lous. “Th­ese chil­dren are out of con­trol. Th­ese peo­ple are talk­ing of mov­ing out of the area.”

Con­sta­ble Su­san Rooney, who is based at Dyke­head Pri­mary School, said com­mu­nity of­fi­cers are work­ing in schools to re­duce an­ti­so­cial be­hav­iour.

“We will speak to res­i­dents to see how we can best ap­proach this,” she said this week.

A coun­cil spokesman said: “A res­i­dent com­plained to our an­ti­so­cial re­sponse ser­vice in April of youths aged be­tween 10/12 years caus­ing a nui­sance in her area. Our an­ti­so­cial re­sponse ser­vice in­ves­ti­gated and to­gether with Po­lice Scot­land vis­ited the par­ents of the young­sters con­cerned. There have been no fur­ther com­plaints since.”

The re­cent an­ti­so­cial be­hav­iour comes after the Wishaw Press re­ported in Jan­uary 2016 how fedup fam­i­lies wanted to move out of their area after be­ing ter­rorised by a gang of out-of-con­trol chil­dren.

Neigh­bours said they were their wits’ end and urged the coun­cil and po­lice to tackle an­ti­so­cial be­hav­iour at Ven­nacher Street in the Dyke­head area of Shotts.

Res­i­dents claimed that chil­dren from five to 16 years were run­ning amok to all hours of the night.

Some of the com­plaints of an­ti­so­cial be­hav­iour in­cluded in­ci­dents such as:

An eight year-old girl be­ing A man has been ar­rested in Harthill after be­ing caught driv­ing whilst un­der the in­flu­ence of al­co­hol. at­tacked in the street and snow­balls be­ing forced into her mouth

Eggs and snow­balls thrown at win­dows Parked cars be­ing van­dalised Graf­fiti, in­clud­ing the word “paedo”, daubed on a res­i­dent’s home

Res­i­dents sub­jected to ver­bal abuse in the street

Fire­works be­ing pushed through a let­ter­box

The three ar­eas where res­i­dents say kids as young as ten years are mak­ing their lives a misery with an­ti­so­cial be­hav­iour


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