A worried Wishaw mum has thanked locals for their support after her autistic son suffered sickening abuse whilst out walking.

Shona Williamson spoke out after three separate incidents involving her 26-year-old son Ross, who has autism and learning difficulties.

Ross was first targeted by yobs on Tuesday, March 30, near the Commercial Hotel. He was then abused in Wishaw Main Street near to Poundland on April 2 and 3.

The incidents have left Ross shaken and have 'totally knocked his confidence'.

Shona told Lanarkshire Live: “Myself and my family have worked with Ross through the years to build his confidence up and to help him gain independence.

“He likes his routine and he goes four walks every day around Wishaw to get him out and about, as all his clubs are cancelled due to Covid.

“heis quiet and keeps himself to himself, but over the last seven days he has been approached in Wishaw three times.

“He has received abuse and been threatened. This has really shaken Ross and knocked his confidence.

“I would like to thank to the people that did stop to make sure Ross was okay and a huge thanks to Mary from The Avenue Cafe for supporting and staying with him until our family got to him.”

“It’s been incredible,” said Shona. “I haven’t had one negative comment and it’s been really nice to read them.

“I also had a message from Sam at Rivals Gym who has invited Ross down to do some training.”

Shona and husband Alex are now trying to rebuild Ross’ confidence in the hope he can continue to get out and about.

Shona added: “Ross is still anxious about going out. Two of the girls in his group saw him crying in the street because he had seen one of the boys and walked him home.

“Ross likes the outdoors and likes going out walking. He’s not one for sitting in and watching the telly.

“Before Covid he would walk down to the Commercial, have an Irn Bru and just people watch.

“He would then walk up the Main Street, go to a couple of shops and then go for an Irn Bru at Wetherspoon’s before coming up the road.

“We contacted the police and they were great. They tried to reassure Ross that he was safe and put on a couple of apps on his phone for him to use if it happens again.

“He is a well known boy in the town, but I would appreciate that if you are down Wishaw and see this happening or see Ross, to look out for him and show him some support so he can continue to keep to his walks going during this difficult time.”

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