New measures to be put in place to tackle anti social behaviour in Galliagh

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New measures are to be put in place to tackle anti social activity in Galliagh.

There were heated discussions as community leaders, councillors and the police met yesterday to discuss ongoing antisocial activity in Galliagh.

The new measures include more community wardens, talking to schools and off licences about underage drinking, engaging with young people and leafleting the community with phone numbers and advice.

There was an agreement that the trouble in Galliagh which recently led to young people trying to set each other on fire, involves both young people from the area and others being dropped off.

Residents say the trouble begins after 5 p.m. on a Friday.

However independent councillor Dee Quigley says he does not believe this is a policing issue.

“I’m in favour of a community based stance. I don’t believe that criminalising young people is the way forward.”

One resident Deirdre Coyle told Radio Foyle she has concerns the proposals wont help.

She said that young people were gathering next to her garden and she has fears her oil tank could be set on fire.

“The place is clattered with young ones,” she said. “There is a constant lighting of fires, glass everywhere and buts.

“Life is awful from when you get up in the morning until you go to bed.

“We’ve had meeting after meeting before.

“It’s just awful I can’t take much more. It’s getting to the point where I think, will I move, but this is my family home and I don’t want to give it up. I want peace and to be able to live in my own home.”