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Concerns Over Stewartfield Crimewave
A crimewave has swept Stewartfield this year causing real concerns over public safety.
Shocked residents have spoken of their fears over dangerous incidents taking place on their doorsteps. A lone female dog walker was the victim of a night time sex attack in a footpath at Stewartfield Way. The 42-year-old was walking along a lane next to the National Museum of Rural Life at around 7.30pm when she was approached by a ‘stocky’ man who indecently assaulted her. Police confirmed this week that the woman was also injured with a weapon during her terrifying ordeal on December 2. She was treated in hospital for a small laceration.
The man is described as in his 30s, around 6ft tall, with a stocky build and clean shaven. He was wearing a dark coloured hooded jacket and dark trousers.
Detective Inspector Kenny Dalrymple said: “There would have been dog walkers out in the Stewartfield area around the time of the incident and a bus also drove by which may have dropped passengers off at the stop nearby.
"I would appeal to anyone who was in the area at the time and saw or heard anything suspicious to contact police.”
In the latest incident, on Thursday morning 10th December, an 18-year-old man was assaulted and threatened with a weapon when he answered the door to a gang of men.
The assailants, who were wearing high visibility jackets, pushed him to the ground and stormed the house in Dalmellington Drive in what police are treating as an attempted robbery.
The suspects left empty handed and fled in a white Peugeot Partner van in the direction of West Mains Road.
The victim escaped the attack unhurt but has been left badly shaken by the terrifying ordeal.
Alarmingly, the attack happened at 8.40am near to St Kenneth’s Primary while children were making their way to school.
Detective Sergeant Martin McKendrick said enquiries are continuing to establish a motive for the crime. He said: “West Mains Road would have been busy at that time of day with parents dropping off their kids at the nearby primary school. I would ask anyone who may have seen these men acting suspiciously, or the white Peugeot Partner van in the area to contact police.”
Witnesses to the violent abduction of a 34-year-old man in Stewartfield Grove last month told of their horror as they watched the man being battered by a masked gang and bundled into the boot of a car.
As reported in the News, the victim remains seriously injured in hospital after being reportedly tied up and battered with a baseball bat in the second “targeted” attack to hit Stewartfield in eight months.
The man, who was chased through MacLean Place before being beaten up in a dark lane, forced into the boot of a dark blue or purple Volkswagen Golf R vehicle and dumped 20 miles away near Falkirk, suffered injuries to his hands, feet and head in what is believed to be another gangland hit.
Neighbours looked on in horror as the man was attacked and thrown into the boot at 11pm on November 24.
A mum said: “There were police cars everywhere – I was petrified. I’m up and down that lane with the pram all the time so this makes me really worried for the kids.”
The horrendous attack happened just yards from where a gangland kneecapping victim was dumped earlier this year.
A 45-year-old man was blasted in the kneecaps in a country lane next to the museum and thrown down an embankment opposite Morrisons supermarket in broad daylight.
"He is thought to have been held by his captors for two days before being driven to the spot and shot.
Unnerved by the recent spate of crime, locals are asking: “What is happening to Stewartfield?”
A Stewartfield mum-of-two said: “Aside from my concern as a resident and a mum, I am really angry that not only are men being shot, beaten up and abducted and a woman sexually assaulted, but that my children are being endangered in broad daylight outside their school – a place they should be attending in safety!”
East Kilbride Police Inspector Andrew Calderwood moved to reassure members of the public, saying: “We are aware there are community concerns in relation to the recent events in Stewartfield. I must stress these incidents are not linked. Additional patrols have been deployed to provide reassurance in the community. As always, if you observe any suspicious behaviour please report this to us on 101, or in an emergency, call 999.”