POLICE officers attending last week’s meeting of Kilsyth Community Council were alerted to a number of issues by members of the public.
Constables Victoria Bennie and Chris McLeish, accompanied by new town sergeant David Law, were told of problems which all centred around the Bogside Park area.
A member of the public in the gallery said: “A couple of weeks ago there was a drug deal going on in the Bogside Park.
“I went down and spoke to them, I said: ‘I know what you’re going to do but it needs to stop, there’s children about here’.”
Sergeant Law responded: “We know who they are. They’re using the canal next to the school [St Patrick’s Primary] so that they can get away quickly. We are targeting it.”
The lady continued: “Last week there was a needle came over the fence from the graveyard. It was just lying on the ground next to where there’s lots of kids always playing.”
Sergeant Law added: “As you’ll probably know, over the summer the graveyard gives us problems, that’s one of our summer hotspots.
“There’s a lot of drinking and taking drugs there because it’s secluded. Again, it’s something we’re aware of.”
Another person in the public gallery said: “The noise in the early hours of the morning that comes from Bogside Park is just ridiculous.
“There were two cars parked there that had their windows smashed recently.”
Sergeant Law said: “Community officers are on from 6pm to 4am. We can address that by asking them to be aware of problems there.”
He continued: “We really want to take all opportunities to speak to the public because they’re our eyes and ears.
“If there’s anything going on that shouldn’t be, we want to know about it – you don’t even need to give us your name. If you think we’re failing, we want to know about it.
“I feel cars are a bit of an impersonal way to patrol at times. We want to get out on foot.
“The plan is to have at least two police officers at these meetings every month.”
Jim Hutchison, vice-chairman of the community council, said: “It’s very encouraging to hear you say that. I think it’s all about getting the word out and letting people know that we need them to get in touch.”
Another member of the public raised the issue of the accessibility of the new police station on Main Street.
He said: “Three times I noted people trying to go in and giving up as it was closed.”
Sergeant Law said: “It should be open from 7am until 11pm now. I’ll look into that.”