A Derry mother was left ‘shocked’ and ‘disgusted’ when her two young children discovered drug taking apparatus in the garden of their Creggan Heights garden recently.
Denise Lynch’s four year-old son Padraig and 10 year-old daughter Abigail were playing together in their back yard when they made the discovery.
Used condoms and empty vodka bottles were also discovered near where the drug taking device was found.
The drug taking device picked by Denise’s children was a makeshift water pipe, better known as a ‘bong’. ‘Bongs’ are used to smoke drugs such as methamphetamine and marijuana.
“I am disgusted - my children should be safe to play in their garden and I should have worry about them picking up something like a bong.
“My home backs on a lane and at the weekends young people congregate there to drink, take drugs and whatever else.
“There have even been times when I’ve discovered used condoms in the garden . It’s absolute disgusting and no one should have to live like this.”
Denise went on to say that she is dreading the fast approaching school summer holidays as she believes the matter has the potential to get worse.
“I would appeal to other parents to be aware of what their children are up to in the evenings and at the weekends.
“I want my children to be able to play in the garden and I want them to feel safe.”
Sinn Fein councillor for the local area, Kevin Campbell, described the incident as wholly distasteful and said he would be asking Derry City Council Community Safety Wardens make the area a priority for patrols at the weekend.
“This is absolutely disgraceful that a family should have to endure this type of thing. I would wholeheartedly condemn this type of action and as a matter of urgency
“I will be meeting with the Derry City Council Community Safety Wardens to ask them to make Creggan Heights a priority when they are patrolling in the evenings and at the weekends.”