Elderly people ‘terrified’ to leave their own homes

Youth disorder: Areas of Buckhaven are being blighted by anti-social behaviour so severe that elderly people refuse to leave their homes.
Youth disorder: Areas of Buckhaven are being blighted by anti-social behaviour so severe that elderly people refuse to leave their homes.
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ELDERLY residents in parts of Buckhaven are scared to leave their homes because of the scourge of anti-social behaviour.

Speaking at a meeting of Fife Council area committee councillors at Buckhaven Community Centre on Wednesday, local councillor Andrew Rodger said he was concerned about recent events at the Bird Scheme in particular.

Cllr Rodger told the meeting he had spoken to residents who had told him about regular bouts of nuisance behaviour, which included homes being pelted, and reiterated his call for parents to do more.

The councillor told the meeting: “I’m really quite perturbed about the Bird Scheme, where youngsters are causing mayhem – so much so that the elderly are scared to go to the shops.

“They’re also throwing mud at windows with sticks.

“Where are the parents in this situation?

“They must know what their kids are up to; it’s well known what’s going on in the area.

“We need the parents to go to the police and say they have a hold of their children and they’re not going to do it again.

“It’s quite sad when you speak to an elderly person and they say they are scared to go out their door.”

Cllr Rodger added the long-standing excuse of the youngsters having nothing to do didn’t wash, as there were more than enough youth events going on in the area.

Levenmouth chief inspector, Graeme Kinmond, said an element of the trouble could be down to people’s “perception” of crime.

He added problems in the area had been a “short term issue”.