Concerned residents of a Dundee street fear it is “only a matter of time” before youths throwing stones at passing vehicles cause an accident.
People living on Victoria Street say a group of youngsters has been regularly meeting on the street in the early hours.
CCTV footage sent to the Tele shows a group of around six or seven youngsters – who all appear to be older boys – gathering by the edge of the road.
In the video, captured at around 5.25am Monday, one of the group appears to hand something out to his friends as they loiter.
They then hurl rocks at a passing car before running off into an adjoining alleyway.
The footage is clear enough to identify the youths involved – but the Tele has avoided identifying them for legal reasons.
Those living in the area have expressed fears over the teens’ reckless behaviour.
Victoria Street resident Alistair Swan has phoned the police on a number of occasions to report the troublemakers. However, the youngsters scarper before officers arrive.
Alistair said: “The young hooligans have been throwing stones at cars, jumping out in front of them and sharing perhaps illicit pills around by the look of it, outside my home on Victoria Street.
“I have phoned the police at least six times over the last three weeks regarding this safety issue but by the time they arrive, if indeed they actually do arrive, the young ruffians have dispersed.”
Another Victoria Street resident, who declined to be named, said no “real damage” had been caused as of yet – but he believes that the situation could escalate.
He said: “I’ve not seen any sign of real damage but a group of about 10-12 youths have been causing a bit of commotion in the past week or so.
“They’ve been loitering in the area between the Wallacetown Health Centre and the backies at the flats on Victoria Street.
“It can be quite intimidating for passers-by and it’s a very busy road.
“It’s only a matter of time before someone gets hurt.”
A spokesman for Police Scotland confirmed the force had received complaints regarding youths throwing stones at cars on Victoria Street.
The spokesman said: “An incident of this type was reported to us on the January 14. A youth ran off on police arrival and unfortunately wasn’t traced.”