‘Action will be taken’ to deal with local youths in Mayfield.

Two members of the local community council at the back of shops on Bogwood Court where youths gather at night
Two members of the local community council at the back of shops on Bogwood Court where youths gather at night

The council and the police have promised to help the residents of a Mayfield street living in fear as local youths continue to cause trouble.

People living on Bogwood Court attended last week’s Mayfield and Easthouses Community Council meeting to ask for assistance after their wheelie bins were stolen and set on fire last month.

Anne Marie Melrose, revealed that another incident had occurred. She said: “We have just nearly had to be evacuated. They had put a skip at the back door of a shop. It’s just gone up in flames. They could have blown up that shop and we live right above it. Our houses are stinking of smoke.

“There is loads of them that hang around there, about 50. They are sick and leave mess. Now they are stealing from us and burning things. Have the police got to wait for a fatality before they do anything?”

Councillor Owen Thompson, chairman of the Midlothian Community Safety Partnership, said: “We’re working hard with partners to come up with a set of solutions to address these problems and ensure the safety of local residents.”

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