Derry families scared by teenage park drinkers

A section of the crowd of underage drinkers at St. Columb's Park on Thursday evening.

A section of the crowd of underage drinkers at St. Columb's Park on Thursday evening.

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Hoardes of teen drinkers have made St. Columb’s Park a virtual no-go area for families during the recent good weather, it has been claimed.

A number of readers contacted the ‘Sunday’ to say the large numbers of young drinkers had made the popular park ‘very unwelcoming’ to family groups and asked what park wardens were doing to tackle the growing issue.

Large crowds of teens who gathered at St. Columb's Park on Thursday evening.

Large crowds of teens who gathered at St. Columb's Park on Thursday evening.

Local mum Emma Hasson said she was forced to leave the park on Thursday evening having been met with the large crowds when she visited with two of her children, aged six and five.

“The place was heaving with young people. The noise was so bad when we walked into the park that I actually thought there was some sort of outdoor event going on.

“There were groups of young people everywhere, litter strewn at their feet and many of them were drinking,” she said.

A spokesperson for Derry City and Strabane District Council said they are aware of issues relating to anti social behavioural problems at the park over the past few days.

“St Columb’s Park is an important public and community space and every effort is made to ensure it is a safe and family friendly space.

“The park wardens open the parks in the morning and secure them at night, providing a regular visible presence across these spaces during normal park opening hours in order to monitor behaviour and note any defects.

“The Council will continue to work with the PSNI to identify any additional security measures necessary for the facility in the coming days.”

Anyone with concerns about the park can call 71253253.