Politicians speak out after Clarkston disturbance

The disturbance took place in Overlee Park
The disturbance took place in Overlee Park

Two East Renfrewshire politicians have spoken out after three teenagers were injured in a large scale incident in Clarkston.

Paul Masterton MP and Jackson Carlaw MSP have sought further details and clarity for local residents concerned about the violent attack, from the Justice Secretary and Police Scotland.

Emergency services were called to Overlee Park last night (Tuesday) and three 16-year-old boys were taken to hospital, one with stab wounds, one with a head injury and the other with minor injuries.

This follows the reported rise in anti-social crimes within East Renfrewshire on which Paul Masterton MP and Jackson Carlaw MSP previously raised their concerns.

Eastwood MSP, Jackson Carlaw commented: “This was the happiest of days for many young people across Eastwood. That it should end with a shocking and violent incident is as unacceptable as it is alarming.

“My best wishes go to the boys injured together with my hopes for a full and early recovery.

“Uninformed speculation does not help. It is important that due process allows the facts to emerge and I would encourage anyone who was present and who has information to come forward.

“Together with my colleague Paul Masterton MP, I will be in touch with Police Scotland and I have also contacted the Justice Secretary, Humza Yousaf MSP who has previously lived in the immediate area.”

Paul Masterton MP for East Renfrewshire added: “This was an extremely frightening incident and my thoughts are with those injured and their families. I hope the two boys taken to hospital make a full and speedy recovery.

I would also like to send my thanks to the emergency services who attended quickly to bring the situation under control.

Yesterday was a day for young people across East Renfrewshire to celebrate fantastic achievements in their exams, and for it to have ended like this is truly shocking.

I am in contact with Police Scotland and would echo their calls for anyone with information to call 101 with reference number 3675.”