Moss Park incidents were ‘terrifying’

The remnants of a fire in the Moss Park area on Saturday night.

The remnants of a fire in the Moss Park area on Saturday night.

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A woman living near Moss Park has told the ‘Journal’ that weekend disturbances have left her wanting to leave the area.

The woman, who asked not be named, has been living in the Moss Park area for over a decade and said what happened at the weekend was the “final straw”.

“I can’t take this anymore - I just want to live in peace and get on with my life - it’s the same every weekend - it’s terrifying,” the woman said.

The ‘Journal’ understands street lights were smashed and damaged on the main Glengalliagh Road and fires started on a number of green spaces in the area.

The PSNI told the ‘Journal’ that shortly before 9pm on Saturday, police received a report that a brick had been thrown at a vehicle being used by Derry City and Strabane District Council community safety wardens. There were no reports of any injuries.

“What happened at the weekend was not the worst thing that has happened here recently but it’s the final straw.

“My sister’s children come to visit me every other day and the last thing I need is anti-social behaviour on my doorstep.

“I wouldn’t dare trying to talk to the young ones because I know people who have and it usually ends up making things worse.

“I own the house I am living in so I am not doing this because I want a house off the Housing Executive. I am doing this because this is the place I call home and unfortunately it looks like I am going to have to move away.”

Local Sinn Fein councillor, Sandra Duffy, condemned those responsible and said the community was determined more than ever to ensure it does not happen again.

“I have spoken to a number of residents today and they are sickened by what took place there on Saturday night.

“It was just wanton vandalism. It’s ridiculous that when community organisations and all the various agencies are trying to improve and enhance the area that a very small minority are intent on trying to wreck it. They must not succeed.”

Colr. Duffy went on to say that what happened in Moss Park at the weekend will make the community work even harder to make sure such incidents are not repeated in the future.

“We can only wonder at the motivations of the those individuals who carried this out, but whatever they hoped to achieve with these actions all they have done is strengthen our resolve to continue our work on behalf of the local community.”