Family driven out by drunken behaviour

A RESIDENT of Castle Street in Forfar has been driven out of his family home because of the drunken behaviour of revellers in the early hours of the morning.

Michael Morrison has listed a catalogue of anti-social behaviour – from girls soliciting out of windows to glasses being smashed on roads and drivers speeding through the town – which he says has forced him to move his wife and young family to a quieter area of town.

He has hit out at the lack of police and community wardens from midnight onwards, and described one of the town’s main thoroughfares as a “Jekyll and Hyde” - beautiful and historic through the day but when night time descends it becomes something different.

Speaking to the Dispatch and Herald, Mr Morrison spoke of his desperation at trying to find a peaceful place to live for his family.

As a former resident of Perth he is well aware of town centre life but states he can no longer cope with what he is experiencing on his doorstep, week in week out.

As an assistant restaurant manager in a busy Broughty Ferry hotel he works up to 11 and 12 hour shifts; when he arrives home at around midnight all he wants is a good night’s sleep.

However, from Wednesday through to Monday he is finding this impossible.

He said: “There are kids in cars doing 40 to 50 mph, girls soliciting and shouting out windows, glasses getting smashed on the road and tyres getting punctured. I have seen and heard all of this.

“Shop doors are getting battered, businesses have been broken in to, there is screaming, shouting and singing.

“There are babies and kids in Castle Street. Everyone has a right to live in peace.

“We moved to Forfar almost a year ago and whilst I see the police in the town around 11 p.m. and midnight, after that – where are they? When the pubs close, some people come out and just hang around Castle Street and generally riot or do what they want to do.

“Through the day Castle Street has so much history, so much beauty. So many people belong to Castle Street and there are so many thriving businesses. But when night descends it is something different – it’s like a Jekyll and Hyde.

“So, drunken Forfarians, please consider your environment before you abuse it. All it would take is a police car in the area to stop all this nonsense. There is, as someone who works in the industry knows, an acceptable amount of ‘drunken behaviour.’”

A spokesperson for Angus Council confirmed community wardens work on a rota system from 7 am to 11 p.m. whilst a spokesperson for Tayside Police said: “We are aware of issues in the area and have regular patrols every evening and engage with local licensed premises to address any issues.

“We urge Mr Morrison to get in touch with us to discuss his concerns. No-one should suffer or tolerate anti-social behaviour and anyone with any concerns should contact Tayside Police on 0300 111 2222.”