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Councillor Calls For Crackdown
An Airdrie councillor has called for the police to take action after a gang of disorderly youths caused havoc across Clarkston last weekend.
Ten teenagers were arrested for a variety of offences, including drugs possession, street drinking and breaches of the peace, which peaked with a 17-year-old boy being seriously assaulted on Forrest Street when he was struck by another male in possession of a knife.
What police described as a “large group of youths” gathered at Katherine Park and shops in the area every night between Thursday and Saturday – and some of these yobs are also believed to have been involved in the assault of a 16-year-old girl in Airdrie town centre.
The terrified victim was robbed of her money on Graham Street on Saturday night and a 17-year-old girl has been arrested in connection with the incident, with police expecting further arrests to follow.
The disturbances in Clarkston led to an angry response from Airdrie North councillor Sophia Coyle, who has been left fearing for her own children’s safety.
She said; “The police have to put on extra patrols in the area and I will be calling them to make sure there is a rapid response to these sickening incidents last weekend.
“The public are putting a lot of work into trying to get a new play park in Clarkston and this will only work if the police do all they can to eradicate youths out to cause trouble, especially if they are in violent gangs as they tend to hang around places like public parks.
“I have three children of my own who would use the playpark and you wouldn’t want them going out to play if there was any risk to their safety.
“Kids should be able and allowed to go out and play on their own but a lot of parents would be too frightened to allow this if there are going to be large groups of teenagers hanging around the park.”
On the serious assault in Forrest Street, Monklands’ chief inspector Gavin Russell, said: “CID officers are following a positive line of enquiry in relation to this and arrests will be made very soon.
“At the weekend, Airdrie community policing team arrested numerous youths for disorder and drug related offences in the area and this week we will be deploying additional resources to clamp down further on this unacceptable behaviour.
“If you have any information in relation to any of these crimes or any other criminal activity please contact us on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”