Anti-social behaviour making life a misery, says Limavady resident

Graffiti at Kennaught Terrace.
Graffiti at Kennaught Terrace.

A Limavady resident says anti-social behaviour on his doorstep is making his life a misery.

The man was speaking after waking up to the latest spate of graffiti in the town at the weekend.

The graffiti at Kennaught Terrace.

The graffiti at Kennaught Terrace.

Graffiti was daubed on walls, bins and a public stairway at Kennaught Terrace in the Irish Green Street area on Sunday. Slogans plastered on walls included INLA and ‘RUC out’, and

crosshairs were drawn alongside the words ‘ACTION WILL BE TAKEN’.

A resident in the area told the ‘Journal’: “This is the worst I have ever seen and I’ve lived here several years. My fear is that someone will get seriously hurt. It’s not just at weekends but during the week as well; people partying and drinking and fighting. All I want is to do a day’s work and come home to peace, but I can’t sleep. Every time you hear a bang you jump up because you think someone is hitting your property. It’s more than a nightmare.”

A spokesperson for Roe Valley Residents Association said: “Residents living within the local area do not wish to see their communities defaced in such a manner. We would like to appeal to those responsible to stop. Roe Valley Residents are currently working with the Housing Executive and other agencies to promote positive community relations.”

Some of the graffiti at Kennaught Terrace in Limavady.

Some of the graffiti at Kennaught Terrace in Limavady.

SDLP councillor Gerry Mullan said it was “an absolute disgrace anyone would trash a public space in this manner”.

Colr. Mullan expressed concern the situation in Limavady could escalate.

“The PSNI and the Housing Executive need to take immediate action, both in terms of removing the graffiti and finding those responsible and dealing with them appropriately. If whoever is responsible is found to live in the flats, they should have their tenancy revoked,” said Colr. Mullan, who added the scale of the graffiti “suggests there is an issue which may well get out of hand, especially the crosshairs that have been drawn”.

Colr. Mullan added: “It is threatening and, whether it is related to the graffiti in the Glens area the week previous about ‘touts’, we don’t know, but I am very concerned. Given the nature of this graffiti someone could end up badly hurt.”

Police, who are treating the graffiti at Kennaught Terrace as criminal damage, say enquiries into the matter are ongoing and they appeal to anyone who noticed any suspicious activity in the area, or who has any information, to contact them.