Newtongrange residents: ‘We have to police our own streets’

Villagers are talking about setting up a vigilante group in Newtongrange

Villagers are talking about setting up a vigilante group in Newtongrange

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People in Newtongrange are planning to set up a vigilante group to tackle local crime given the lack of police response to recent incidents.

Newtongrange Community Council chairman Jason Ferry, himself a former police officer, told his group’s latest meeting that he was horrified after seeing local people’s plans on social media to start policing their own streets, and he called for police to meet with the community to appease locals’ fears that they have been forgotten about.

He said: “Every single morning I hear about houses broken into, cars broken into.

“The perception is that we have no visible police presence in the community and these people are running riot.

“So people are setting up vigilante groups in Newtongrange for people to go onto the streets and police the streets themselves.

“People are saying ‘what can we do? We can’t sit back and be at the mercy of these people for much longer’. Are the crime figures acceptable? I don’t think so. People are outraged by them.

“But personally, the idea of people policing the streets horrifies me.”

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