Police increase patrols after taxi driver complaints

Viewforth car park and toilets where it has been alleged youths have been pelting taxis with wet toilet paper balls. youths are attacking taxi drivers. Photpgraph: Iain Ferguson, alba.photos NO F37 Viewforth Car Park 03
Viewforth car park and toilets where it has been alleged youths have been pelting taxis with wet toilet paper balls. youths are attacking taxi drivers. Photpgraph: Iain Ferguson, alba.photos NO F37 Viewforth Car Park 03

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Police are to carry out extra patrols after  taxi drivers in Fort William complained they were being pelted by rolled up balls of wet toilet paper taken from public conveniences in the town.

One taxi driver contacted the Lochaber Times claiming there was what he called ‘a major problem’ in the town with gangs.

He said: ‘They gather around the toilets at the Viewforth car park and go into the toilet and get all the toilet paper and make wet balls and every time a taxi or car comes round the corner, we are getting battered with the wet balls. Sometimes if your car window is open, it’s comes into the cab.

‘This is happening almost every day but more at weekends and as a taxi driver it’s starting to cost me money because I don’t want to be out in the evening as it’s far too much hassle and if a taxi driver managed to get a hold of them I feel he will get charged and will lose his taxi licence and livelihood.

‘We have asked the police to get the toilets closed at night – I understand this is an inconvenience but there are other toilets at the other end of town.

‘It’s going to come to a head when there will be no taxis at the rank when the pubs empty and the police will have a lot of drunk people with no way of getting home.’

The man added that complaints had been made to the police but the problem was persisting.

Asked to comment, Inspector Nick Hough, from Fort William Police Station, said: ‘We have been made aware that local community users of the Viewforth car park and taxi rank area have been subjected to antisocial behaviour by groups of youths in recent weeks.

‘As a result, officers will be increasing their patrols in this area. Any youths identified and found to be engaging in this activity will be dealt with appropriately.

‘We will not tolerate antisocial behaviour at any level in Fort William and our community should be encouraged to call 101 if they have any concerns or witness any incidents within the town centre.’