Youths are ‘steamboats’ on the banks of the canal

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A CRACKDOWN has been called for to tackle youth disorder on the banks of the Forth and Clyde Canal.

Campsie and Kirkintilloch North councillor David Ritchie says he has received a number of complaints from residents in Kirkintilloch about youngsters drinking, smashing bottles and setting fires in an area used as a night time drinking den.

One resident even claims the youngsters have been using his address to phone taxis to pick them up at the end of their drinking sessions.

Councillor Ritchie says the problem is stopping residents from using the pathway.

He told the Herald: “This is not on. People should be able to walk along the canal path without having to wade through broken glass.

“This has been a problem for a while and it’s getting worse.

“The problem gets worse at the weekends. I am asking the police to spend extra time in the area to try and nip this in the bud.

“This is a beautiful part of Kirkintilloch and I want it cleaned up as soon as possible so residents can enjoy it.”

East Dunbartonshire Council says cleaning the site is the responsibility of British Waterways.

David Devine, head of Roads and Neighbourhood Services at East Dunbartonshire Council, said: “We have been in touch with British Waterways on this and offered them support should they need assistance in their tidy up of the area.”

A spokesperson for Kirkintilloch Police said: “We have received three calls about this issue since May.

“Officers have not been made aware of any requests for additional patrols in this area, however, if any incidents are reported we will be happy to put on additional patrols in the area.”