A young mother from the Moss Park area of Galliagh has said a recent spate of vandalism has left her “living in fear”.
The woman asked the ‘Journal’ not to use her name for fear that she would be targeted for speaking out.
“This has been going on for the last few weeks and to be honest with you I can’t take it much more,” said the woman.
“I’ve been living in fear for all this time and no one should be made to feel like this in this day and age.
“These young ones are roaring and shouting to all hours. There have been full scale fights in the street and recently they came into my back garden, stole my wheelie bin and set it on fire.”
The woman, who has two young children of her own appealed to parents to know where their children are at all times.
“This is an area of high unemployment - money doesn’t grow on trees, many of us are scraping by at the best of times. The last thing we need is the worry of finding money to replace a wheelie bin that has been destroyed by vandals.
“These children are young but they are out to all hours. How can their parents not know where they are or what they are doing? It’s not fair to blame the children - at the end of the day it’s the parents who are responsible.
“I am not being over the top. Some of these children are in their early teens and they are out roaming the streets into the early hours of the morning. It’s not on.”
Local Sinn Fein councillor for the area, Sandra Duffy, revealed to the ‘Journal’ that she had been contacted by several other residents in both the Moss Park and Collon Lane areas about a recent increase in anti-social behaviour.
“I was contacted by residents angered that a number of trees in the Moss Park area had been vandalised and others torn down.
“It’s ridiculous that when agencies are trying to enhance the environment of the area a small minority are intent on trying to destroy it.”
Colr. Duffy said she had heard reports of fires having been started near electricity sub-stations and called on those responsible to stop immediately before someone is seriously injured.
“There is also a concern about the starting of fires in the vicinity of electricity sub stations in the Moss Park and Collon Lane areas. I cannot stress enough how dangerous this is.
“The last thing we want to see is anyone getting hurt or seriously injured or indeed power cuts to local homes,” said Colr. Duffy.