Rosemount is ‘open sewer’

Young people from Rosemount Youth Forum taking part in a community clean up on Saturday last. Included, standing from left, are James Campbell, Adrian Kelly and Darren O'Reilly, youth co-ordinator. (0304PG24)

Young people from Rosemount Youth Forum taking part in a community clean up on Saturday last. Included, standing from left, are James Campbell, Adrian Kelly and Darren O'Reilly, youth co-ordinator. (0304PG24)

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Anti-social behaviour in Rosemount is so extreme that elderly residents have installed CCTV systems in their homes.

The move, according to locals, is a result of the area being turned into “an open sewer” and “a war zone” by on street drinkers. The ‘Journal’ spoke to pensioners in the area, who asked not to be identified, who “have gone past the point of shock” at what they witness “almost nightly.” Those actions include people defecating openly in the street, “brazenly” urinating in gardens and on one occasion last week a young man running into a wake house in an attempt to escape police. While these actions have been countered somewhat by positive action, such as community clean-ups, from the Youth Forum, residents feel they must act now to arrest the downward spiral of anti-social behaviour. One elderly couple reported that twice in the last week they challenged young males urinating in their property, and captured it on CCTV.

“One ran off and the police gave chase, he ran into a wake house and had to be ‘asked to leave’ by grieving family members. On the second occasion, he stood and stared at me until he finished his business. I can still see the look in his eyes. It all takes it out of you, we’re doing this years,” said the female resident who is in her 70s. A neighbour recalled: “Last summer, this one boy came up from the field, dropped his trousers at the top of the steps, took a poo, took off his sock, cleaned himself and left his leavings to return to the field. This was at 3pm when children were coming home from school”. Earlier this week local youth worker, Darren O’Reilly, assisted by young volunteers, cleared more than 20 refuse bags of litter and debris left by “on street drinkers” in the reservoir area alone. “There is lots of positive work being done in the area,” he said. “But the anti-social behaviour needs to be challenged, residents are forced to live in the middle of a war zone everytime there is good weather,” said Mr. O’Reilly. The residents stressed they are not ‘anti-youth’ adding: “We are going to sort this. We are sorry we let the idea of a youth quarter pass a few years ago, we know they need somewhere to go. We used to speak to them in the past but now with the drugs we can’t even approach them and have had to have CCTV installed in our homes ‘just in case.’

“It is time to solve this problem.”