Camera call in Auchmuty area

Play area and shop at Queen Margaret Drive.
Play area and shop at Queen Margaret Drive.

A Glenrothes tenants group has called for CCTV cameras in the Queen Margaret Drive area to be replaced - four months after they were removed.

Members of the Auchmuty and Dovecot Tenants and residents Association say the security cameras have not been positioned in Queen Margaret Drive, for over four months.

Concern is growing that an increase in anti social behaviour is creeping back into the area close to the play park and convenience shop.

A spate of malicious fire settings in the precinct, culminting in several fires in the immediate vicinity in the one evening, including a post box and refuse bin close to the dentist being set alight, have seen fire services called out to the area throughout the summer.

David Nelson , chairman of the Auchmuty tenants group said a number of residents had voiced concerns over cameras no longer being deployed in the area.

“There have been a number of instances, mainly fires in the last few months that have occurred in the immediate are and we feel that a camera may have helped deter of detect those responsible,” said Mr Nelson.

“I know that there are only a certain number to go around but we have previously highlighted this area as a priority,” he added.

Inspector Derek Paxton of Glenrothes police station confirmed the Domehawk camera currently used across the town had been deployed elsewhere.

“Other than the incidents of fire setting, which we are working closely with our collegues in the fire service to detect, we haven’t been made aware of any concerns over the lack of cameras in the area,” Inspector Paxton told the Gazette.

“I have instructed community officer Craig Simpson to liase with Mr Nelson and the Tenants Association to draw up a new camera programme and to deal with any other concerns that they may have.”

Auchmuty garage fire - Police charge local man

Glenrothes Police have confirmed that a local man has been detained and charged in connection with the fire which engulfed four garages in Alexander Road, Auchmuty.

Inspector Derek Paxton told the Gazette: “We have been conducting enquiries in the area for several weeks and can confirm that a male from the Auchmuty area of the town had been charged in relation to the fire on the night of July 20.

“He is due to appear in court later this week charged with a number of offences in relation to the Auchmuty fire.”

Auchmuty and Dovecot Tenants Association lost hundreds of pounds worth of furniture stock stored in two of the garages which was used to help local residents in need.