Rosemount battle is starting all over again

Rosemount residents are bracing themselves for another summer of discontent after the first sign of sunshine this year brought youths out onto their streets for a binge drinking party.

Police had missiles thrown at them and arrested two teenagers in the area, cautioning another, when they were called out to the Baldrick Crescent area on Wednesday evening.

Resident Julie Jones says the area is the perfect party playground for young people and despite pleading with the authorities for years to do something about it, the problem is only getting worse.

“It had been quiet since last summer, but it was a good day on Wednesday and so they were all back again as bad as ever,” she says.

“This is only February, so who knows how bad it will get by the summer.

“The layout here is absolutely perfect for them to come here for a party. There is an off licence for them and a chippy. They can escape down the steps to the wasteground and hide their drink if the police come.”

Police said they were called to the area around 10pm on Wednesday and a number of missiles were thrown at officers. A 19-year-old man was cautioned for on-street drinking.

An 18-year-old man was arrested in Glenowen Park for several offences including disorderly behaviour and assault on police while a 17-year-old youth was arrested for disorderly behaviour.

City West Neighbourhood Sergeant Ray Wilson says he wants to encourage residents to report any concerns they have about rowdy or alcohol related behaviour after Wednesday’s disturbance.

“Not every young person standing chatting with their friends is causing a nuisance to residents however when alcohol is involved and individuals become rowdy it then becomes an issue for residents and for police,” he said.

“Regardless of the fact that the persons concerned may not be from the local area, they should still have respect for other people’s rights to a peaceful life.

“City West neighbourhood team has built up a strong relationship with the local community and we are just as frustrated and disappointed when incidents happen that reflect badly on the area or cause misery for residents.

“I am asking that small minority of young people to have a bit more respect for this community and to socialise in a more responsible manner.”

Mrs Jones says she has been plagued by street drinking youths ever since she moved to the area 12 years ago, and the problem is only getting worse.

“At first it was only drinking, which was bad enough, but now we are finding needles and syringes as well,” she says.

“We have an elderly couple as neighbours and they have these young people using their garden as a toilet.”

Residents have had discussions with police and the local council in the past but Julie says after Wednesday evening, they are back to square one again.

“The police response on Wednesday was great and they did everything they could but this problem is ongoing and something needs to be done, ” she says.