DRUNK teens forced a Troon dad to hide his kids as they ran over cars, urinated in his driveway and threw bottles over his fence. 

Colin McGee gave a frightening insight into the problems that have plagued Troon over the last four summers at Troon Community Council last week.

Mr McGee spoke up as he urged the group to do what it could to stop history repeating itself next summer. 

The Troon Times reported how thousands of drunk youths once again descended on the town in July. 

As it had in previous years, the revellery turned sour as police were forced to step in. 

Mr McGee, of Barassie Street, said: “I have lived in Barassie Street for eight or nine years with my family, who are a young family, and we have friends who live around the corner also with a young family and they are also concerned about the events.

“We are in a situation where this has now been happening for a couple of years.

“It was the amount of youths that came from throughout Scotland to enjoy the sunshine at the beach.

“Unfortunately there was quite a high level of anti-social behaviour.

“My friends all have young families, I have a nine-year-old and a five-year-old and we couldn’t take them out the house that day and we couldn’t take them to the beach. 

“My friends around the corner have kids around the same age and they felt the same.

“There were people running on top the cars, I had people urinating in my drive way and people throwing bottles over my fence so I had to keep my kids at the back of the house.

“We’re into the fourth or fifth year and this is continually happening and I think it is now at the stage that it needs to stop in Troon.”

Dawn Barr of Troon Community Council, replied: “I think you need to actually look at the parents. 

“The police do a wonderful job but I think a lot of these parents need to take a long look at their children and know where they are and what they are doing, that is just my opinion.”

Mr McGee added: “I think that this is a west coast of Scotland phenomenon - our youths seem to come here.

“I’m not saying they’re all destructive, the minority of them are destructive and the anti-social behaviour, especially on that day, is to a different level and that is what needs to be tackled.”

Chief Inspector Gary I’Anson said: “Troon is one of those attractions that is down on the coast and is so accessible from the train station and from Glasgow.

“For young people is does stand out when compared to Prestwick, Ayr or Irvine so it is a challenge.

“We monitor social media outlets for chatter but on July 18 there was no chatter.

“As the morning went on, what became apparent was the sheer volume of people that had come down – it was estimated that there were 6000 people down in the town. 

“The vast majority were well behaved however, out of the 6000 people, 10 were arrested.

“From a Police Scotland point of view, we could flex up our officers so we had pulled our officers from all over Ayrshire and beyond. 

“They were 18 members of the public that had phoned in about the event. It was lessons learned in respect of having plans in place and knowledge.

“The following Monday was equally a nice day so without prior intelligence, ScotRail put on an alcohol ban on the trains coming down and back up. BTP brought in extra officers at places like Paisley Gilmour Street and ScotRail had put on extra staff.

“Only 2500 people came down that day and because we had the extra officer on, we only had two arrests.

“We have met with South Ayrshire Council to see what we can explore of what can be done and the challenge is to communicate between emergency services to get there in real time because we don’t have the staff when we don’t know when something like July 18 is going to happened – it is very good having a plan but it is them the challenge of having the changeover in personnel.

“What we have explored with councillors is what extra things would help, for example, would extra bins help? 

“Would extra toilets help? Would CCTV and all these kinds of things help?

“Are there other things that we could explore from an alcohol point of view or a drugs point of view – is there an opportunity for local workers to help with this?

“I wanted to give a conference, which is still on going, for a plan to be put in place.”

Vice Chairman, Douglas Graham of Troon Community Council, commented: “The majority of the kids are well behaved but what I see now after three or four years of this is the last time we were down on the beach it was a nice day but the locals have stopped going.

“You can tell when they are going to come down because if it’s a good day, they’ll be there.

“We like to see the beach and the town being busy but this is what is happening.”