Vandals who broke into a Waterside school and stole a TV belonging to a local youth club have been condemned as “selfish” by a local representative.
Waterside Sinn Féin representative Bridget Meehan , who has been selected to replace Lynn Fleming on Derry City Council, made the comment after a weekend break in at Immaculate Conception College during which a 37” TV which belongs to local community group, The Whistle Project, was stolen.
Ms Meehan said; “Thankfully no major damage was caused to the school but an area which is used as youth club that was targeted and TV was stolen. The Whistle project uses the facility to run a youth club for the Top of the Hill area. They do this on a shoe string budget, with just two staff members and with the help of local volunteers in the area.
“The club is a labour of love in the area and provides a crucial service to the many young people who have no other youth facility available to them.”
The councillor-elect said the Top of the Hill area cannot afford to lose any community facilities. “Facilities are limited in the area, a reality that Sinn Féin has been trying to address for some time now. It’s demoralising for the Whistle Project and the whole community when a selfish act such as this happens.
“I support and admire the hard work of the Whistle and the community volunteers and I would encourage anybody who has information that might be helpful in finding the culprits to come forward,” she said.