A Carnoustie councillor has posed a question to the town’s parents after he was harassed by a gang of youths last week. Do you know where your children are?
Independent councillor Brian Boyd was walking his dog at Carnoustie seafront when the incident involving around 20 youngsters took place.
He explained: “On Thursday night I found teenagers cycling all over the toddlers’ pool and when I went over to explain to them that this was not allowed I got dogs abuse.
“It went from bad to worse and the language was terrible. Do parents know where their children are and what they are getting up to?”
Mr Boyd added: “I’m very much aware that the vast majority of kids in our town are really good and it’s great to see the talent we have and the ambassadors we have for Angus. This is a very small element but they are causing nothing but chaos and their parents should deal with this.”
As the situation deteriorated, Mr Boyd was forced to call the police for assistance and he was advised to move away, which he did. However, he was shocked by their reaction when officers arrived on the scene.
He said: “Did they disperse like we would have done in generations before? No, they had the arrogance to remain there.
“These kids seem to know their rights, they are streetwise and they are growing, which is not good for our lovely town.
“I would like to think that most parents would be mortified if they knew what their kids were up to.”
Councillor Boyd continued: “I still haven’t really calmed down.
“We’re showing the town off one week, a ‘Welcome to the world’ as the Gazette article said and then the moment the Commonwealth Games is away this happens.
“This is an ongoing issue and this happens every summer. It would be a sad state of affairs if we had to padlock the gates after 7 p.m. to protect the equipment to allow our children to have a paddle.”
A spokesperson for Police Scotland said: “Police Scotland can confirm that officers attended at Links Parade, Carnoustie, at about 9.35 p.m. on Wednesday, July 30, following a report of youths behaving in an anti-social manner. Inquiries were made and the matter was dealt with appropriately.
“If anyone wishes to report any anti-social behaviour or activities Police Scotland can be contacted on 101.”