A woman in Drumchapel has become the first victim of a major police initiative to crackdown on people wearing their bed wear outside.
33 year-old Chantelle Vickers was spotted by officers at around 10:15 as she made her way back to her house from her children’s primary school which is only a five minute walk from her front door.
The mother of four was arrested and locked in a cell for 8 hours to cool down after kicking off because she would miss her favourite tv programme “The Jeremy Kyle Show” which was about to start on ITV2.
Her sister Tanya Vickers spoke exclusively to The Glasgow Gospel.
She said: “It’s pure out of order so it is and nothing but discrimination against my sister and my family.
“This new rule is a farce and I’m hoping to organise a pyjama march in protest and I know the true people of Glasgow will support me.”
The arrest was part of a crackdown of “slobby dressers” that is being trialled in Drumchapel, Bearsden and Milngavie before potentially being rolled out across the city by the summer.
The new laws have been criticised by people who say it will unfairly target poor, unwell and homeless people who may look scruffy in their best gear, but a recent poll of Bearsden and Milngavie showed that 97% of people support the crack down.
Small business owner Daniella Smith-Rowatt from Bearsden welcomed the arrest.
She said: “It’s about time these people are punished they can be such an eye sore on this community.
“I fully support the police ! once we get rid of the scruffy tramps from the streets they should focus on obese and overweight people next- what kind of example do these people set for the future generations?”
Tory candidate for West Dunbartonshire Wesley Fluffington said: “All these people are on benefits and laze around watching TV all day on OUR tax money and the lazy sods can’t even get changed to take their little brats to school LATE.
“I hope they throw the book at her.”
The law was passed after a motion was voted through at the Bearsden and Milngavie community council meeting after the issue of Drumchapel mums wearing pyjamas on the school run was raised at a recent crisis meeting.
Unemployed Chantelle was on her way back from dropping her kids off at school and as she was running late decided just to take the short walk round the corner in her housecoat and pyjamas in the hope she wouldn’t be seen.
However her luck was out as she was spotted by local police chief Watson, who is at the fore-front of the campaign to get who he describes as “lazy maggots” off the streets.
He said: “We are happy that we managed to catch this criminal in the act in only the first day of the new law.
“Make no mistake we intend to crack down on these lazy maggots who I personally think are the scourge of our society.
“There is a lot of middle-class and wealthy people that live in nearby Bearsden within distance of the were the crime was commited and seeing people kick about in the stinky clothes they just slept in will only put more sought after people off moving to the area and we are left with people like Miss Vickers.
“We understand people from Drumchapel have addictions, weight problems, speak funny, don’t have much money and struggle to find work but we don’t think it’s too much to ask for them to at least act like a normal respectful person when they step outside.
“Nobody cares how they look or what they get upto in their own time, but on our streets you will look your best from now on or risk jail time and a criminal record.”
The ban will also include strict restrictions on football tops, tracksuits, name chains and ugg boots.
For more information on what clothes are recommended if you are visiting the area check www.PoliceScotland/maryhill/bearsden/milganvie/pyjamaban for a full list of banned items and frowned upon etiquette.