18 May 2012

SNP MSP for Glasgow Shettleston, John Mason, last night hosted a public meeting at St Marks Church in Shettleston, which was attended by Strathclyde Police and local residents who were meeting to discuss the recent spate of anti-social behaviour, which has become a big issue around Kilmany Drive, Shettleston Road and St Marks Church.

The meeting, which was attended by around 70 residents, heard from Chief Inspector Tom Cruikshank from Shettleston Police Station, local MSP John Mason, and many members of the local community who have been victims of the recent anti-social behaviour which has included graffiti, fire raising, racism, vandalised cars, intimidation of residents, and the firing of an air gun.

Speaking after the public meeting, Shettleston MSP, John Mason, commented:

“Tonight was an example of the community coming together and rejecting this awful behaviour. Since late last year, my Constituency Office has been receiving a steady stream of complaints about anti-social behaviour in this area and it is quite frankly out of order.

“As we head into the summer months with lighter nights and better weather, it is imperative to nip this in the bud right now.

“Overall crime is falling in the East End but this continues to be one of the main local problems we hear about, so it was important to bring local Police officers and the community together last night to build a relationship of trust and cooperation, which will hopefully lead to a reduction in anti-social behaviour in the area.

“Whilst we have additional Police on the street, it is still very important for local residents to report crime. I know that some residents are fearful of reporting crime to the Police but it is important that we give Officers any information we have in order for them to get convictions. My office is happy to pass on information to the Police anonymously on residents’ behalf too.”

Shettleston Police station can be contacted on 0141 532 4800. You can also call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.