Shedding light on violence

LIGHTING PLAN: Motherwell LAP convener Michael Ross at the Duchess Park
LIGHTING PLAN: Motherwell LAP convener Michael Ross at the Duchess Park

New lighting could be installed in a Motherwell park as part of a bid to crack down on fighting between rival gangs from Motherwell and Bellshill.

Last week it was revealed in the Times and Speaker that patrols had been stepped up in and around the park in response to a spate of disturbances in recent months.

The trouble followed the establishment of a new gang in Bellshill whose members have been travelling to Motherwell to fight with local youths.

Local councillor and Motherwell Local Area Partnership convener Michael Ross has visited the park and has held discussions on the issue with both police and North Lanarkshire Council representatives.

And he said he is hopeful that money can be found from within the LAP budget to get security lighting installed as quickly as possible.

He said: “We’ve had a look at things and it’s possible that we could make amendments to a couple of projects so that this work could go ahead.

“Putting in lighting would make it easierfor police to identify trouble makers and reduce the number of places where they could hide.

“It would also make people who use the park feel safer.

“The park is very popular with people walking their dogs or simply enjoying a stroll and the last thing we want to do is discourage them from using the park.

“By putting in lighting columns it also means that we would have the option of putting in CCTV further down the line if required.”

It is expected that the cost of installing new lighting would be around the £70,000 mark.

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