Call for action to curb weekend nuisance in Howegate area

Hawick, Scotland, UNITED KINGDOM. - 22 Oct 2013 : '''(Photo by  Rob Gray / freelance / � 2013)
Hawick, Scotland, UNITED KINGDOM. - 22 Oct 2013 : '''(Photo by Rob Gray / freelance / � 2013)

A HOWEGATE business owner is calling on increased patrols in the area at the weekend.

Clair Parker, of the New Howegate Cafe, spoke out this week after damage estimated at £500 was caused when a window at her business was smashed on Saturday night.

And she claims the damage is just the tip of the iceberg with weekends of woe experienced almost on a regular basis.

She told the Hawick News this week: “Although this is the first time we’ve had our window smashed, we’re regularly faced with broken glass and sick at the front of the 
cafe.

“The whole street has had four or five windows smashed since we took over just over a year ago.”

It is understood police are studying CCTV footage in an attempt to catch the person or people responsible.

And they have issued an appeal to anyone who may have information about the incident.

A Police Scotland spokesperson said: “Inquiries are ongoing and anyone with information should contact Police Scotland on 101.”

They revealed that this was the only reported incident of vandalism over the weekend, but that extra patrols are being carried out at the weekend to deal with concerns about the actions of people when they leave pubs.

This has been welcomed by local councillor Ron Smith, who accompanied PC Steven Irvine on a foot patrol around the Drumlanrig Square area on Sunday afternoon.

Councillor Smith said he had received regular complaints about people urinating and vomiting in St Mary’s Place as well as noise disturbance at Drumlanrig Court.

He said: “The focus may shift on any one night but I could pinpoint other spots which over the past year have caused great concern.

“Clearly such groups, perhaps in high spirits after drinking, need to be monitored by police and I and my colleagues will always encourage and support this.”