Return town to former glory

pic by esme allen for news'CARETAKER OF LANTHORN COMMUNITY CENTRE, JIM ALLAN, KEEPING AN EYE ON THE LAST REMAINING SWANS USING CCTV CAMERA AFTER THE OTHERS WERE KILLED.
pic by esme allen for news'CARETAKER OF LANTHORN COMMUNITY CENTRE, JIM ALLAN, KEEPING AN EYE ON THE LAST REMAINING SWANS USING CCTV CAMERA AFTER THE OTHERS WERE KILLED.

A Dalkeith woman has started a campaign to get the town “back to what it was” after a spate of antisocial behaviour.

Bruce Gardens resident Chrissie-Anne Watt told this month’s meeting of Dalkeith Community Council that her neighbours were “too frightened” to report crimes in their community.

She said: “I am here on their behalf. We have elderly and vulnerable people who are too frightened to talk. Incidents vary from graffiti to verbal abuse. Cars are being broken into, vandalised and in some cases burnt out.

“There are also major problems in Waterfall Park and no-one is listening to us.

“Dalkeith used to be a lovely place but not anymore.

“I am going to start a petition to get something done because this has to stop. It’s disheartening – I just want Dalkeith back to what it was.”

Mrs Watt and her neighbours are calling for CCTV cameras to be installed for their protection.

Police Inspector Michelle Ritchie, Community Inspector for Dalkeith, said she was committed to ensuring that all residents in Midlothian felt safe and secure in their local community.

She said: “We know that antisocial behaviour can have a significant impact on the lives of local people, and that the problem of antisocial behaviour is a complicated one, with no single quick-fix solution.

“We work closely with our partners, including Midlothian Council to ensure concerns are dealt with, and this close partnership is producing results meaning those responsible are identified at an early stage and proactive action is being taken.

“We would encourage anyone who feels they are affected by antisocial behaviour to report their concerns to us on 0131 311 3131.”