Councillor worried after bongs found in Ballymac

Councillor Eric McGinley.

Councillor Eric McGinley.

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A Derry based councillor says he’s concerned that drug taking in the Ballymagroarty area is resulting in an upsurge in opportunistic crime.

Sinn Fein’s Eric McGinley says there are worries about young people using drugs in the Ballymagroarty area.

“It has been brought to my attention recently that there is increasing evidence that youngsters are visibly under the influence of narcotic substances in Ballymagroarty,” he said.

“There have also been a number of occasions where the paraphernalia of drug taking in the shape of bongs is being found around the estate.

“Apart from the potential harm to which young people are exposing themselves through drug taking there has also been an accompanying rise in anti-community and criminal behaviour with houses and vehicles being broken into.

“I have asked the local Outer West Community Safety Team to examine this serious situation and to discuss what measures can be implemented to safeguard the welfare of young people and to spare the wider Ballymagroarty community any further inconvenience.”

He said there were concerns that some of the young people involved were of school age, and that residents in the estate have witnessed young people under the influence during daylight hours.

The matter will be raised at a meeting of the community safety team on Tuesday. “This may need a multi agency approach, “ said Mr McGinley.