“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.”
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“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.
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“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.”