Feb 21 2013 by Gary Fanning, Hamilton Advertiser
Cops came under fire from a baying mob of bottle-throwing yobs when they were called out to deal with youth disorder in a Hamilton housing estate.
Officers were attacked with several bottles thrown by a gang of boozed-up teens in the town’s Woodhead.
Six youths hurled the missiles at police, who were responding to a call about a large gang drinking booze in a lane near to Woodhead Primary School on Saturday about 10pm.
As the officers made their way toward the group the young thugs began throwing bottles at them.
Fortunately, none of the officers was injured in the attack.
The area has become a hotspot for youth disorder and antisocial behaviour in recent weeks and has been highlighted Chief Inspector Alan Wright in his column in the Advertiser.
He said: “Despite a high-profile presence by police in the area over the weekend, residents were still disrupted by youth disorder and antisocial behaviour.
“Woodhead Lane, the Swisscot Avenue area and Woodhead Crescent are still causing concern.
“On Saturday night around 10pm my officers approached a group of six males, near to Woodhead Green.
“On seeing the police, they made off but not before launching a glass bottle at the officers.
“I can assure local residents that we will be using all tactics at our disposal to prevent and disrupt this type of activity.”
Hamilton MSP Christina McKelvie described the behaviour as “shocking” and “disgraceful”.
“Disorder on our streets is bad enough but to throw bottles at the police when they are trying to do their job and protect local residents is utterly disgraceful,” she added.
“People have the absolute right to live their lives in peace and the police deserve our support at all times.
“ There can be no excuse for this and when these people are apprehended they must be dealt with using the full force of the law.”
Labour councillor Joe Lowe condemned the attack on the police officers, saying: “This is a very unforunate incident and residents are dealing with this type of behaviour on a daily basis.
“I have had people contact me about about antisocial behaviour not just in Woodhead but all over.
“Decent people should be able walk about the streets without the fear of gangs. We need to get our MSPs to come into our communities and see exactly what is going on.”
SNP councillor Angela Crawley said: “Youth disorder and antisocial behaviour is prevalent in this area and this is because of lack of diversionary activities for young people. “Everyone in South Lanarkshire must work together to provide diversionary activites for young people.
“There is a real lack of opportunities for young people particulary with high youth unemployment and that is a priority that is being tackled by the Scottish Goverment.
“Higher or further education is not the answer for all young people,so there needs to be more job opportunities for young people who decide not go into higher or further education.”
A 17-year-old boy from Blantyre has been arrested and reported to the procurator fiscal in connection with the incident.