Security is stepped up at Penicuik unit

Security is to be increased and staffing levels improved at a Penicuik homeless unit after police reported a “spike” in calls.

Parkhead Lodge, close to Glencorse Barracks, acts as a half-way house for youngsters coming out of care and as a home for homeless young people.

Three years ago Midlothian Council spent more than £1 million refurbishing the property to provide accommodation for five people in the house and a further eight in self-contained flats.

Matters came to a head recently when two people were arrested after two police officers were allegedly assaulted responding to a call at the lodge where a late-night party, attended by around 30 drunken youngsters, was causing a disturbance.

Last week Penicuik and District Community Council sought assurances from Midlothian Council that the facility was being run properly.

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