Residents’ concerns on vandalism

A meeting was held in Carnoustie Royal British Legion rooms on Thursday eveng. Those heading the meeting and guests included, from left, back - Peter Burke, Charles Goodall, Graham Duncan, Mary Bushnell, Sue McMahon, Ed Oswald and Ron Thoms: front - Councillor Helen Oswald, Inspector Kenneth Hart, Superintendent Ewan West, Lindsay Martin and David Selfridge.
A meeting was held in Carnoustie Royal British Legion rooms on Thursday eveng. Those heading the meeting and guests included, from left, back - Peter Burke, Charles Goodall, Graham Duncan, Mary Bushnell, Sue McMahon, Ed Oswald and Ron Thoms: front - Councillor Helen Oswald, Inspector Kenneth Hart, Superintendent Ewan West, Lindsay Martin and David Selfridge.

RESIDENTS in Carnoustie are calling for zero tolerance to vandalism after a spate of recent incidents left the town’s War Memorial and Christmas lights damaged.

Over 30 people from various organisations in Carnoustie met in the Royal British Legion Scotland clubrooms on Thursday to discuss the issue of vandalism and what can be done to combat the problem in the town.

Last month, Christmas lights lining the town’s High Street were targeted by vandals with 22 features in total damaged with each one costing £500.

Two 14-year-old youths were eventually charged by Tayside Police in connection with the incident and reported to the Children’s Panel.

And there have also been various other reports of vandalism around the War Memorial and in Yeaman Street by young people.

The meeting, which was chaired by Lindsay Martin, heard from Superintendent Ewan West from Tayside Police and local Inspector Kenny Hart who spoke about the police response to various vandalism incidents around the town.

Fraser Booth, headteacher of Carnoustie High School, was also present at the meeting and assured everybody that he and his staff would participate in any new initiative in the town to reduce the problem.

The main frustration of residents at the meeting was that parents did not have to compensate society for the crimes of their children.

The chairman, Mr Martin, then agreed to write to the Justice Minister Kenny Macaskill highlighting the problems Carnoustie is facing and to ask for a review of current legislation on child vandalism.

Last month, Councillor Helen Oswald also told the Guide & Gazette about the concerns expressed by residents over anti-social behaviour in Carnoustie House grounds.

And local police pledged to combat the problem using a zero tolerance approach.