Beauty spot at risk from booze yobs

Craigend Farm mess
Craigend Farm mess

COPS have launched a crackdown on boozy revellers who threaten to trash a beauty spot.

Dumbrock Loch, near Mugdock Country Park, has been plagued by partying teenagers throughout the summer months in recent years.

However, Central Scotland police have introduced a ‘zero tolerance’ policy on anti-social behaviour at the picturesque site - and have pledged to mount regular round-up patrols.

They are especially concerned after hearing about a plan by teenagers from several different East Dunbartonshire schools to hold a massive ‘leavers’ party’ at the loch.

Known by many as Abies Loch, Dumbrock is situated across Craigallion Road from the park visitor centre.

It is not part of Mugdock Country Park so it’s not patrolled by the countryside rangers because it’s part of Craigend Farm which belongs to Edward Pickard.

The loch has attracted large numbers of teenagers during the summer who camp overnight, drink alcohol and play loud music which can be heard from houses miles away.

Last year residents in Moor Road, Strathblane, phoned the police to complain about the noise when a group of 75 teenagers, mainly between 16 and 18 years old and from the Milngavie area, had a party.

Often they leave behind empty cans and bottles, used disposable barbecues, food packaging, sleeping bags and even tents.

The area has livestock, including Highland cattle, which could be injured if they walk on broken glass bottles or even die if they eat something plastic. It is also a site of special scientific interest with many protected species of flowers, plants and wildlife.

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