Shantallow ‘madness’ must end

A family living in the Shantallow area of the city say they have been forced to move out of their home because of anti-social behaviour.

A family car was burned out in an incident at the weekend.

Local SDLP councillor Brian Tierney says he is helping to re-house the family.

He claimed that three nights of “high level anti-social behaviour and reckless vandalism” had spread across the entire estate.

“It is total madness and people are very worried about the situation and very frightened about what is happening,” he said.

“I spoke with police and they’ve assured me they will step up patrols in the estate. I would urgently appeal to parents: if they have any inkling at all that their children are involved in this madness, that they should do the right thing.

“It is not acceptable that some people feel afraid in their homes. This anti-social behaviour has to stop. This is not the image of Shantallow that most people know and are proud of.”

This is a view shared by Sinn Fein’s Tony Hassan. He says the anti-social elements must be faced down.

“There have been a number of incidents in the area in recent days which have seen two cars burnt out in the same area,” he added.

“While we don’t believe these burnings are connected, nonetheless they are having a terrible impact on local residents.

“This is normally a very quiet community and these incidents are certainly not the norm so it is, therefore, important that we nip this behaviour in the bud.

“The community needs to come together and work with all the agencies, including Housing Executive, PSNI and community leaders, in order to tackle this problem.

“I would appeal to anyone who has information about them to bring it forward to the police.”