Helensburg crime: 8-year-old boy caught smashing town windows

An eight-year-old boy has confessed to smashing windows at a place known as youth disorder in Helensburg, according to police.

The incident occurred on the same day that community leaders discussed ways to address antisocial behavior among some of the town’s youth.

Talks are underway between the heads of entertainment, police and the Department of Defense about youth “transformation” strategies, including bringing the “blue light disco” back to Helensburg for the first time in several years, and introducing “midnight football” sessions at the Hermitage Academy.

The topic of youth unrest was raised after a fire, which police believed was premeditated, in the former annex building behind Hermitage Primary School on April 12.

This issue was discussed by the Community Planning Group in the Helensburgh and Le Monde Council of Argyll and Bute Council on April 21.

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Later that day, police were called to Churchill Square after a report of an incident in which windows in an adjacent building were smashed.

Those involved in the talks so far, first reported last week, have since spoken to the advertiser in more detail about what the “transformative activities” might involve.

Blue light discos used to be held regularly at what was then the Drumfork Club as part of efforts to keep young people out of potential trouble.

Rona Grant, Live Argyll Adult Education Team Manager, told the Community Planning Group: “Meetings were held to discuss the issue of providing a safe place for young people to meet. The participants came up with some ideas for activities.

These include using the Drumfork Center to hold a youth disco. This will happen from about 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. We’re looking at dates from October 2022 to February 2023.

Tickets will cost a few pounds and the police will take a breathalyzer test upon entry. There will also be booths, which will be inhabited.

There will be some costs and funding required around some of the activities, the source of which will be sought by the organizers.

“There is also a proposal for the Midnight League during the summer, which would be a safe place for young people to come and play football.

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There will be weekly sessions utilizing the 4G offerings at the Hermitage Academy. This would be driven by LiveArgyll.

“The most important thing now is youth participation, relationship building and knowing what young people want. The next thing is to look for funding to help with these projects.”

Churchill Square, along with Hermitage Park, has been identified by police as a priority site for the introduction of CCTV cameras in Helensburgh in another attempt to tackle anti-social behaviour.

Sophia McCardle, a community development worker at the Ministry of Defense, confirmed that plans are underway but at an early stage.

She said: “Plan for a youth community disco is still in its early stages, but the hope is to work with community organizations to organize events starting in October.

“It is envisaged that these people are between the ages of 12 and 16 and provide an opportunity for young people to enjoy themselves in a safe and responsible environment.”

Sarah Davies of the Helensburgh Community Council, who attended the planning group meeting, said afterwards: “For any new initiatives to engage and provide activism for young people in the Helensburgh area, they and the Community Council would be very welcome.

I have asked that the Community Council be involved in any future discussions in this area as we have not yet been included. This was agreed upon.

“Providing youth is one area that emerged during Vision for Helensburgh and needs to be addressed, particularly in terms of our recovery from the pandemic.

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Live Argyll, now responsible for youth employment at Argyll and Bute, is working on a new youth employment strategy. It is scheduled to be published in late spring or early summer.”

Inspector Rudy McNeil, Police Scotland officer in Hellensburg, said: “Police Scotland is looking at various diversion measures and engagement tactics with partners to help address local youth disorder.

In previous years, Police Scotland, in partnership with the Ministry of Defense Police [MDP]they ran discotheques for the blue light and this is something under consideration, albeit discussions are at a very early stage.

Police Scotland’s Youth Participation Officers work continually with school staff, pupils and partner agencies to educate, advise and provide guidance to young people to encourage them to avoid engaging in antisocial behavior that has a harmful impact on society.

“Discussions are underway with MDP and Live Argyll exploration options to provide facilities and events for local youth to attend.”

Chris Casey, from the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, told a meeting last week: “In my midnight league, if this gets going and we get to work, we’d be interested. I think that’s a great idea.”

About the window smashing incident in Churchill Square, which occurred around 5.25pm ​​on April 21, a police spokesman said: “Officers were called in response to young men smashing windows at this location.

“After a local investigation, an eight-year-old boy was identified as responsible and fully accepted.

The young man was spoken to in the presence of his mother and the relevant papers were presented.

“The Department of Defense, as the owner of the property, was kept informed of the incident.”

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