Village is fed up with behaviour of youth gang

The meeting took place in New Stevenston Community Centre.
The meeting took place in New Stevenston Community Centre.

More than 60 people attended a meeting in New Stevenston Community Centre to discuss anti-social behaviour in the village.

The police organised the meeting after being inundated with complaints about young people causing trouble around the Quarry Street area.

The gang estimated to be aged around 12-18 have been accused of loitering, throwing stones and vandalising property.

Motherwell North councillor Peter Nolan said: “This is pretty similar to the situation we had in Carfin last year and the residents of New Stevenston are quite rightly getting fed up with it.

“The police will use all the resources available to them through partnership working to try and put an end to this anti-social behaviour.”

The Times & Speaker understands among the measures the police have carried out is setting up CCTV to try to identify culprits.

They have also asked North Lanarkshire Council’s social work department to intervene with a particular family.

Mossend and Holytown councillor Frank McNally said: “The meeting was very well attended and shows the strength of feeling in the village.

“Anti-social behaviour is unacceptable and the council will do all it can to help the police with this matter.”

Another public meeting takes place on April 13 to update on progress and find if the situation has improved.