Fears for children’s safety at Kinnaber

Firefighters deal with a case of fire-raising at the Kinnaber Estate on Friday, May 13, 2016.
Firefighters deal with a case of fire-raising at the Kinnaber Estate on Friday, May 13, 2016.

An urgent plea for co-operation has been issued by Police Scotland following an increasing number of acts of vandalism and fire-raising on an estate on the outskirts of Montrose.

Police Scotland is becoming increasingly alarmed by the number of incidents at Kinnaber Estates.

Large groups of youths, which can at times comprise up to 30 to 40 young people aged 13 to 16 years old, are congregating at the site.

While there they have been consuming alcohol, damaging property and starting fires.

Officers have reported that, of those youths traced and spoken to in front of parents, it was evident they had lied about their whereabouts.

Police Scotland is appealing to all local parents to do their best to ensure their child’s safety at all times.

They point out the young people are placing themselves at risk by consuming alcohol and being exposed to the elements.

The gorse is also very dry at this time of year and small fires can easily take hold and spread, causing extensive damage.

A member of the Montrose Response Policing Team commented: “I urge all parents to take positive steps to ensure that their child is not engaging in anti-social behaviour at Kinnaber.

“Any youths traced will be taken back to Montrose Police Station.

“Parents will be contacted and requested to attend at Montrose Police Office to collect them.”

The appeal to parents to ensure they know what their children are doing follows a similar request from officers in Kirriemuir.

Last month we highlighted an ongoing problem of anti-social behaviour from a group of youths in and around Kirriemuir Square.

On that occasion increased foot patrols were called in and parents and guardians were urged to speak to their children to check who they are with and what they are doing.