Alcohol fuelled anarchy in Galliagh

Liam Griffin, Chair and Peter McDonald, Co-Ordinator, Leafair Community Association with litter collected and damage done to a fence around an allotment at Leafair Park on Wednesday night. DER1415MC060
Liam Griffin, Chair and Peter McDonald, Co-Ordinator, Leafair Community Association with litter collected and damage done to a fence around an allotment at Leafair Park on Wednesday night. DER1415MC060

Up to 60 young people were said to have caused “great distress” on the streets of Galliagh on Wednesday night.

Eyewitnesses told the Journal that children as young as 13 and 14 could be seen drinking alcohol, fighting and urinating in gardens.

Sinn Fein Councillor, Sandra Duffy.

Sinn Fein Councillor, Sandra Duffy.

The PSNI attended the scene but one eye witness told the Journal that the police had to withdraw as their vehicles came under attack.

Speaking to the Journal, local Sinn Fein councillor for the area, Sandra Duffy said this kind of behaviour could not and should not be tolerated.

“On Wednesday night there were a number of incidents in the Galliagh area particularly between Glencaw and Leafair where large groups of young people fuelled by alcohol became involved in anti-community activity causing great distress to local residents.

“Community representatives tried their best to quell the incidents but it’s a very hard situation to deal with in such circumstances.”

Colr. Duffy added: “Residents should not have to live with this carry on right on their doorsteps.

“Strenuous efforts have been made by elected representatives, residents, community groups and the police over recent times and it’s clear that this has not been successful in finding all the answers to the problems being encountered here.”