Wheelie-bin burning, toxic fumes and drug use

The scene in Galliagh following the burning of more than seven wheelie bins for their toxic smoke, the blue remains of which can still be seen in the ashes. (30412JC5)
The scene in Galliagh following the burning of more than seven wheelie bins for their toxic smoke, the blue remains of which can still be seen in the ashes. (30412JC5)
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Burned-out wheelie-bins, anti social behaviour and discarded drug paraphernalia in the Galliagh area is causing misery for local residents, a local pensioner has claimed.

The pensioner, who does not wish to be named, says that this new menace of young people and those aged in their 20s, inhaling “toxic bin fumes” is becoming more prevalent in the area.

“The drink and drug fuelled orgy which began before midnight last Saturday, continued throughout the night with the last of the criminals only leaving the immediate vicinity at around 5.30am in the morning,” he told the ‘Journal’.

The wheelie bins were burned out in the green area between Brookdale and Glencaw Parks, dangerously close to pensioners’ bungalows.

Toxic fumes

It is believed that at least seven wheelie bins were stolen and set alight, with their toxic fumes still smouldering the next morning.

Police attended the scene and spoke to several residents who had bins stolen and assured them they would return if the problems persisted.

One local pensioner, who suffers from a heart condition, had his home attacked when troublemakers mistakenly believed he had called the police.

Making matters worse was the fact that tiny discarded plastic bags, the type usually used for drug dealing, were left littering the green areas following the incident.

“The discovery the following day of a dozen small plastic bags scattered near the fire would seem to indicate that wheelie bin sniffing was not the only practice the unwelcome guests were engaged in,” the resident said.

He believes that these bags are part of drug paraphernalia and the fact that the bags hadn’t been used could indicate that a drug dealer was also present and possibly at work, making up his deals into the bags.

“It’s a disgrace, this crowd of drug-crazed vandals were able to keep the neighbourhood awake until 5.30am,” the resident added.