Parents to be sanctioned if kids take part in anti-social behaviour

Some of the damage to a PSNI vehicle during recent disturbances in Leafair. DER1515-113KM
Some of the damage to a PSNI vehicle during recent disturbances in Leafair. DER1515-113KM

Tenants, whose children are found to be responsible for anti-social behaviour on Housing Executive estates in Derry, could face serious sanctions.

The Housing Executive’s warning comes after an increase in the number of incidents of anti-social behaviour being reported in the Leafair and Galliagh area of the city in recent weeks.

Large groups of young people have been congregating on estates and causing serious disruption. The Housing Executive has already written to a number of its tenants in the city regarding anti-social behaviour by young people.

It has reminded tenants that they are obliged to adhere to the conditions of tenancy and there are a number of sanctions that they or members of the household could face if they are found to be in breach of those conditions.

Avril McAllister, the Housing Executive’s West Area Manager, said:

“We will take robust action against those involved in anti-social behaviour. We take anti-social behaviour very seriously because we know the impact that it has on all of our tenants, including elderly and the vulnerable.

“Where there is evidence that tenants’ children have been responsible for anti-social behaviour we will move to initiate sanctions. Whilst the Housing Executive is committed to working with vulnerable families and identifying support for parents, if anti-social behaviour continues then the ultimate consequence is eviction.

“We work successfully with local community groups and will continue to do so and we are confident that together we will identify avenues to resolve the current issues,” she added.

The Housing Executive also works with statutory agencies including the Derry City and Strabane District Council’s (DCSDC) Policing and Community Safety Partnership (PCSP) to tackle issues in the community.

A spokesperson for the DCSDC said:

“The Community Safety Wardens will continue to have a presence in these areas, especially at weekend nights and will report incidents of anti social/community behaviour to relevant authorities.

Anyone experiencing problems relating to anti-social behaviour should contact the Housing Executive on 03448 920 900