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Coltness Disaster Zone
Youths as young as 12, many fuelled by alcohol, have been running riot in Coltness.
The boisterous group of around 20 boys and girls are causing havoc for fed-up residents.
People living in the area claim the teenagers behaviour is getting out of control.
Some of the antics of the unruly youngsters have included assaults, underage street drinking, lighting fires in the woods, stealing wheelie bins, throwing stones at buses, shoplifting from Tesco, playing loud music, vandalising private property and entering the nearby building site and breaking machinery.
One resident, who did not want to be named in fear or repercussions, said: “The place is a disaster zone. Every weekend something happens and the police are called.
“It’s getting beyond a joke now. They are just doing what they want. They think they rule the place. It’s worrying to see children that young acting this way.”
Over the September weekend, five of the youths were charged with anti-social behaviour offences and returned to their parents.
They have been reported to the Children’s Reporter and social work department.
Ward 19 community police officers are now actively targeting the area and are working closely with both North Lanarkshire Council housing and their anti-social behaviour team.
Parents of the youngsters involved have had their council tenancies threatened as a result of their children’s behaviour.
Police Scotland Sergeant Ewan Alexander said: “As a parent I would ask you to consider what your child is doing when he or she is out and about in the community and do you fully appreciate the repercussions of their actions for you and your child.
"Your child’s actions can result in you being issued with an Unacceptable Behaviour notice which effects your tenancy.
“Last week police and anti-social behaviour officers from NLC visited numerous addresses and issued such warnings.
“More visits are planned over the coming weeks and we are committed to robustly dealing with persons involved.
“There will continue to be dedicated patrols in your area to combat this problem and I would ask you to cooperate fully with us and contact either the police or North Lanarkshire Council to report who or what is causing you an issue.”
Councillor Robert McKendrick was contacted about the anti-social behaviour by the members of the community council.
He said: “We want to put a stop to this and now. I am working closely with Police Scotland and North Lanarkshire Council to try and resolve the situation and find a solution.”
Stephen Llewellyn, operations manager, said: “Officers from our anti-social response service accompanied Police Scotland on a visit to Maxton Crescent, Wishaw, following complaints of criminal and anti-social behaviour.
“It’s important that the public have confidence to speak to both our staff and officers from Police Scotland. By working together we can gather evidence, report cases to court and take action against the people who continue to make the lives of others a misery.
“We would urge anyone experiencing anti-social behaviour to contact us on 0300 123 1382.”