Charity can’t wait for for drinking bye-law

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STAFF at a Peterhead charity shop can’t wait for the introduction a street drinking byelaw after yet another window was smashed by yobs.

Volunteers arrived at the Cancer Research shop in the town’s Drummers Corner on Saturday morning to discover its door had been smashed.

Manager Sheena Booth blames weekend revellers who “use the doorway to drink and be sick in”. Sheena left the shop as normal on Friday evening at around 5.30pm and when she returned on Saturday at around 7.30am, the lower panel of the glass front door had been shattered.

The shop, which sells donated items to raise vital funds for the national cancer charity, has been targeted repeatedly by vandals and thieves over the years, including a break-in a year ago when a till worth more than £1,000 was stolen.

Sheena said: “The Community Wardens have been trying to push through a street drinking bye-law for the past three years. But we are still having to put up with drunks.

“People hang around Drummers Corner on a Friday and Saturday night. Our shop is repeatedly targeted because we don’t have an iron gate like some of the others do. They use the doorway to drink and be sick in. We have had some nasty surprises in the mornings.

“And because there is no CCTV it makes it impossible to catch the people who keep doing this.”

Community Wardens told Peterhead community councillors last month that the long-awaited bye-law could be in place as early as October.