Warmer weather sparks antisocial behaviour fears in Falkirk

Youths attacked two buses with bricks in the Falkirk area
Youths attacked two buses with bricks in the Falkirk area

Attacks on vehicles with bricks and fire raising at a beauty spot have sparked fears of a rise in youth antisocial behaviour over the summer months.

Police and Falkirk Council said good weather and the school holidays, which start tomorrow, cause a spike in complaints concerning unruly behaviour, vandalism, setting fires, noise and violence.

Last Tuesday, a bus window was shattered after being struck with a stone when it departed a stop in Maddiston’s Main Street at around 7.15 p.m.

Police are looking for a group of youths who were seen nearby at the time of the incident.

Another vehicle, a Transit van, was also attacked at around midnight on the same night when a man who was with two teenage males wearing hooded tops threw a brick at the windscreen.

On Sunday, June 14, a youngster threw a brick at a bus in Laurieston’s Mary Street at 2.20 p.m.

The window did not break and no one was injured in any of the incidents, which police believe are not linked.

Police Sergeant David Ferguson said: “This is an extremely dangerous activity, which could result in someone being seriously injured in either a road traffic accident or by shattered glass.”

A spokesperson for First Midland Bluebird, whose own the buses, said: “These types of incidents are rare and thousands of bus trips take place safely and smoothly every day. Buses are fitted with CCTV and where buses are targeted by vandals, we will fully support the efforts of Police Scotland to trace those responsible.”

On the weekend before these attacks youths are being blamed for setting fires to a wheelie bin and plastic bread crates in Westquarter glen, causing concern among residents that it will get worse over the summer.

PC David Graham said: “We understand there is a concern among the local community about antisocial behaviour during the upcoming school holidays and we are currently conducting proactive patrols with Community Safety Officers from Falkirk Council to provide a visible policing presence and engage with these youths.”

The suspect for the van attack is described as white, around 35 years old, with collar length dark curly hair, broad shoulders and is around 5ft 10in in height. He speaks with an Irish accent and was wearing a dark blue or black bodywarmer over a t-shirt.

Falkirk Council say its Community Safety Team works with local communities on antisocial behaviour to target priority issues.