Feb 2 2012 by Andrew Harris, Blairgowrie Adv
A COUPAR Angus crusader is using the internet to fight crime in the town.
Bob Curran (56), who is chairman of the local community council, has set up a website to “stand up to the problem of drugs”.
The ex-commando told the Blairie: “People can anonymously email the site and I can then pass on the intelligence to the police.
“I’m not afraid to take on the criminal element.”
And the former boxing champion warned dealers and their associates: “If you are dealing drugs here, I can suggest two solutions: move out of this town or prepare for a visit from the police.
“This is not ‘grassing’ as many of you will call it, this is cutting a cancer out before it is too late.”
Describing the drug problem as “going daft in the town” Mr Curran added: “It seems to be mainly cocaine and hash.
“I notice lots of joint stubs lying on the ground when I walk my dog in the Causewayend area.”
The community council supremo said he would like to work towards offering young people more opportunities for entertainment.
He said: “I urgently need facilities which can take the place of drugs, in our teenagers lives.
“Whether it be equipment to put together a fitness club, a weekly/ fortnightly disco would allow our younger element, to let their hair down without drugs or alcohol.
“I witnessed this at a disco in Northern Ireland, where kids from all faiths came together under a strict set of rules.
“It was a joy to see people who used to throw bricks at each other actually talking and dancing.”
And the former military man said he was encouraged by the “amazing work” of Strathmore councillor Alan Grant.
“He does so much work behind the scenes which people don’t realise,” he added.
“The support we have from council officials like him is important when we are trying to work together to improve the town.”
Website www.bob-curran.com is up and running but Blairgowrie police sergeant Nicky Forrester advised residents to use official lines of communication when reporting crime.
She said: “We would ask people who may have information to call, anonymously, Crimestoppers on 0300 111 222.”