Vigilance call after spate of incidents

Darren O'Reilly. DER2314-114KM
Darren O'Reilly. DER2314-114KM

Residents in the Northlands area of Derry have been urged to be more vigilant after a spate on anti-social incidents over recent days.

Independent Derry City & Strabane District Councillor Darren O’Reilly made the call after receiving reports of criminal activity from various parts of the ward over the past week.

In one episode in the Hawthorn Drive area last Thursday night, lead flashing was pulled back from the roof of a house and the boiler was broken into.

The previous night, street light sensors at Barr’s Lane were damaged by youths, causing an outage in the area.

A car was also broken in to and a laptop was stolen in the same area.

At Hawthorn Grove on Thursday night meanwhile, a number of car windows were smashed, while there were also attempts to break into cars in the Rosemount area.

Colr. O’Reilly said he had also been talking to one woman from the Whitebridge area, whose home has been broken into twice in the past four months.

He said: “I am urging people to be vigilant and to be careful, especially with the dark nights coming in.

“If they have any concerns I would urge therm to contact local community workers around the area.”

He also asked people to keep an eye out for neighbours who might be considered vulnerable, in light of the recent episodes.