Councillor joins cops on patrol

Councillor Gary O'Rorke with Sergeant Kenny McRoberts
Councillor Gary O'Rorke with Sergeant Kenny McRoberts
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Motherwell South East and Ravenscraig councillor Gary O’Rorke joined police officers on patrol in Craigneuk and Wishawhill.

This came after he had been informed by constituents at his surgeries of their concerns about anti-social behaviour, littering, graffiti and disruptive behaviour in area, especially now it is getting dark earlier.

Consequently Councillor O’Rorke recently met with Lanarkshire Area Commander Chief Inspector Glen Bland and the police sergeant responsible for the area Sergeant Kenny McRoberts.

He highlighted the various concerns expressed to him by residents and requested the opportunity to join a foot patrol to see for himself how the police were dealing with current problematic issues in the area.

For over two hours Councillor O’Rorke joined Sergeant McRoberts, as they scoured every street, lane and area mentioned by residents as being places where anti-social behaviour and dumping of rubbish had previously occurred.

They also visited constituents in their home who wanted to speak to the councillor and police about a recent problem they had experienced.

Councillor O’Rorke said: “During the patrol with the police I saw first hand not only the dedication, but also the friendly approachable nature that Sgt McRoberts and his officers have in undertaking their duties for the people of the area.

“I have also been liaising with with the housing department to take action on any aspects of anti-social behaviour, littering, graffiti etc, that residents are quite rightly concerned about.

“I can assure the people of the area we will all be working hard to eradicate these problems.”