Anti-social behaviour complaints include people defecating outside homes

People are being forced from their homes due to late night antisocial behaviour including people urinating, defecating and vomiting on the streets, a meeting heard.

Concerns about anti-social behaviour in Harrison Square and Lerwick lanes were raised at today’s (Tuesday) community safety and resilience board.

Chairman Allison Duncan said he did not want to criticise young people or officials.

While Mr Duncan said the majority of young people were well behaved, he said a “small minority “ were spoiling it for the rest.

He noted concerns including people urinating, defecating and vomiting in the street, as well as damaging property, climbing on roofs and making lots of noise.

Mr Duncan said it was forcing nearby residents to leave their homes as they could not get any sleep.

He said council workers were having to come out to wash the mess away.

The meeting heard that up to 120 people regularly gathered in Harrison Square in the early hours of the morning on weekends.

Anti-social behaviour officer Billy Mycock said most of those gathering were well behaved but the sheer numbers involved were a potential concern. He said their ages ranged from 16-40.

Representatives from police, youth services and the council agreed a multi-agency response was needed to tackle the situation.

Suggestions included opening public toilets later, providing more activities for young people and having a more visible police presence.


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  • Ali Inkster

    • July 5th, 2022 16:54

    If the council owned public toilets are closed I guess the councillor expects folks will just crap themselves rather than find the nearest convenient spot.
    A case of reality over riding fantasy
    Maybe the simple solution is in the councils ability, or maybe not.
    We shall wait and see what outcome the various committee meetings and consultations decide in a few years time.

  • Lorraine Cheyne

    • July 6th, 2022 6:02

    The local business want and need the trade so what goes in must come out.
    Maybe the council should install toilets that after a ‘short’ time tha ceiling installed hoses wash down the insides encouraging the occupants to vacate. At the same time the doors swing open…….Just a thought from far away.

  • Robert Wishart

    • July 6th, 2022 13:29

    We took a walk down around the harbour last night shortly after nine o’ clock to have a look at the many visiting yachts. Great to see the activity around the waterfront.
    I noted that the loos were bolted shut. This is a necessary facility when you need to do the necessary. Duh! What do you expect?

  • Ralph Goodlad

    • July 7th, 2022 6:20 OPEN toilets back up. Discrimination and penny pinching by council .
    Embarrassment to the isles.


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