Call to tackle youth problems

Angus Council leader Iain Gaul.
Angus Council leader Iain Gaul.

A Kirriemuir woman has claimed that she and her neighbours feel under seige in their homes due to intimidation by young people in the town.

The woman, who asked not to be named, said she has been harassed in her home by youngsters over the last 18 months and incidents have included her door being kicked regularly, abuse being shouted at her, rubbish being thrown through her open window and her elderly neighbour’s plants and flowers being ripped 
up and scattered.

She added that groups of young people hang around near her house and create disturbances but despite repeated calls to the police, nothing appears to have been done to tackle the 
youths’ behaviour.

She said: “For around 18 months I’ve been harassed and pestered. Kids are running riot, making everyone’s lives a misery and people are afraid to come out of their houses in this town. I’m sick to death of it.

“It can be children as young as five but right up to 15 and 16-year-olds and no-one seems to be able to do 
anything about it.

“It’s becoming like village of the damned. I’ve had stuff thrown through my window and my neighbour’s plants were ripped up and scattered around. She’s nearly 90 and it really upset her. I can’t get to sleep any more and if I go out I get abuse shouted at me. I suffer from anxiety, and it’s 
making it worse.”

Local councillor Iain Gaul encouraged anyone suffering from antisocial behaviour to contact Angus Council.

He said: “Contact your local councillor, that’s what we’re here for. If it comes to the council first, via the AccessLine, we can deal with things at a lower level than the police and if it’s not solved we can then take it to the police and 
get things done.”

Hamish Gray, temporary Inspector with Tayside Division’s Safer Communities Team, said officers have been aware of problems and taken action.

He said: “That area was a priority location and a considerable amount of attention has been given to it. I’d urge anyone to call us to set in motion the processes we have with the local joint services team and we can do something about it.”