Meeting held in Motherwell town center aimed at tackling youth unrest

A meeting aimed at stopping the unrest among young people in Motherwell town center has taken place.

Different partners met during a meeting quickly organized with the person in charge of the city center, Géraldine El Masrour, who chaired the event.

There were also 15 retailers from local businesses as well as the principals of three high schools in the city.

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Local Councilor Agnes Magowan was also present as well as a representative from the MSP office Clare Adamson.

Councilor Magowan said, “The meeting was very positive and after reports from all partners and discussion an action plan was formed.

“Some of the ideas included more police on duty; the police send parental letters home and bring the children home; giving residents or retailers the police email instead of 101; police visiting schools to talk to young people; provide a Friday afternoon work experience and make downtown safety more visible.

“These strategies will be tested and another meeting will be organized in two months to see progress.

“Hopefully the strategies will make a difference and that the people of Motherwell can once again enjoy the town center for socializing and shopping.”

Councilor Magowan, who represents Motherwell South East and Ravenscraig ward, had previously spoken of her ‘disgust’ after being contacted by shop bosses about the issue.

The SNP councilor told how she received an email from City Center management with ‘very disturbing and worrying information’.

The email said thousands of pounds of damage had been caused by youths smashing shop doors and windows.

Theft, throwing glass bottles from a height, graffiti, name-calling of staff and customers, covering staff and customers with flour, eggs and milkshakes and shooting power cables are some of the activities in which the perpetrators are said to have been involved.

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