‘IT’S OUT OF CONTROL’

Debris left strewn around the scnejic gardens in front of Dungiven Castle. 2905sh223 (Photo: Colleen Harkin)

Debris left strewn around the scnejic gardens in front of Dungiven Castle. 2905sh223 (Photo: Colleen Harkin)

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An “out of control” crowd of up to 30 created “mayhem” in Dungiven at the weekend, using a local beauty spot as a drinking den, urinating in front of visitors at a local restaurant, and even attempting to start a fire, it has been claimed.

From Friday evening through to Sunday night, crowds aged from their mid teens to early thirties, congregated in the lawns in front of the historic Dungiven Castle, busy with guests and locals enjoying dinner, proprietor Roy Sawyers told the ‘Journal’.

“They were sitting on the lawn, just to the left of the fountain, with their carry-outs, and they were drinking and urinating in front of visitors. They were throwing bottles into the hedgerows and being loud and rowdy and making a nuisance of themselves,” said Mr. Sawyers, who explained he has visitors from around the world, including the US and Germany. “It was totally out of control. They have no respect for Dungiven, no respect for the Castle and no respect for visitors.”

Mr. Sawyers said visitors were disgusted and, after speaking with local politicians, he called police who attended on Saturday night.

“I had to try and break the ice with some American visitors and make a joke out of it by saying ‘Welcome to Dungiven. This is the local wildlife’.”

Mr. Sawyers urged those involved to stay away and “have respect for their town and visitors” to the Castle, who he said during their stay spend money in local shops and bars.