In a world where everyone is carrying a PC in their pocket that connects to the internet, giving them access to the far flung reaches of the world at any moment, a group of hoodlums has taken to throwing potatoes at Highland tourists as their chosen past-time instead. Local police are keeping their eyes peeled, but with no official complaint made about the incident, it seems the small fry will continue to terrorise residents for now.
The Press and Journal reports that antisocial behaviour in Grantown-on-Spey is getting out of hand, with the locals describing instances of kids shouting and swearing at passers-by, and jumping out at them. Residents say it's escalated to the point where they hesi-tater to venture into certain areas of the town.
"The town square is a no go area. If it is not a car revving up, or young people jumping out on you, it is kids on bikes causing chaos," says Margo Whitehead, a retired banker who lives close to the town centre. "People are afraid to go out at night. And woe betide anyone who tries to speak to them – all you get is foul language."
Anne MacDonald, who runs a bed and breakfast in the area, told the website that two of her guests had been pelted with potatoes in a drive-by while they were out for a walk, and they were not happy about it.
"We all need to try and stop this kind of behaviour, for the sake of Grantown. We need the tourists to feel welcome for the future of our economy," she added.
The community council is apparently telling parents to step up and keep their kids under control and to stop scaring off tourists.