Wheelie bin fires in Mayfield spark outrage

Two members of Mayfield Community Council at Bogwood Court, where the wheelie bins were taken from
Two members of Mayfield Community Council at Bogwood Court, where the wheelie bins were taken from

Around £2,000 worth of wheelie bins have been destroyed in the past two months by youths who have been setting them on fire.

The wheelie bins have been taken from residents and businesses in Bogwood Court and Mayfield Place, dragged into nearby woods and set on fire.

Mayfield Community Council chairman Robert Hogg revealed that locals are outraged by this vandalism.

He said: “It’s been happening for a good number of weeks now. I have seen the fire engines in the area. Obviously the police are not on top of it yet. Local people are up in arms. This is thousands of pounds worth of damage

“It’s just youths thinking they can do what they want. Nobody is doing anything about it so they just keep doing it.

It’s just plain vandalism, people doing it for the sake of it. It will be a small minority doing this but it is a big problem which will be costing money. Kids hang out and drink down in those woods.”

A Police Scotland spokesman said: “We are aware of this issue and we are working with our partners in Fire and Rescue, Midlothian Council and local businesses to offer solutions. These include fire safety checks to premises and police patrols.”

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