POLICE have launched an investigation after a community centre reported that their property was vandalised.

Volunteers at Phoenix Community Centre in Easterhouse said they came into work this morning to find their outdoor seating area destroyed and plant pots ripped from their railings.

Centre director Richard McShane has hit out at what he has called “mindless vandalism”.

He said: “We have a corner that is used for people to sit outside on a nice day. A group came down to the centre at around 3pm on Saturday and decided to destroy it.

“There were plant pots on the railings that volunteers from the women’s centre were going to use to plant flowers and they have been ripped off too.

“It’s just mindless vandalism.”

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Now, Mr McShane is calling for a greater police presence in the area to combat what he feels is becoming an escalating issue.

He said: “We’re trying to get police to step up patrols and nip this in the bud. We’re worried about having another gang problem.

“Easterhouse has gotten quieter and there’s not as many police on the scene – they’re going elsewhere where there’s bigger gang problems. But we need them to come back and deal with the situation here.

“We’ve come a long way to keep the place opened and it’s a shame for volunteers to come into the centre and walk into destruction.”


Officers say they are continuing enquiries into the vandalism report.

A Police Scotland spokesperson said: “On Monday, officers received report of vandalism at a premises on Shandwick Street, Glasgow.

"Enquiries into the incident are ongoing.”