‘Wrecking spree’ at Top of the Hill

Community leaders in the Top of the Hill area have hit out at what they have described as a “wrecking spree” in the area recently.

In the last week, windows at Immaculate Conception College, a local community group’s offices, and a number of private cares, have been targeted.

Former mayor of Derry, Sinn Féin councillor Lynn Fleming said the vandalism has angered the local community.

“People in the Top of the Hill area are disgusted by these latest incidents. In just over a week 20 windows have been smashed at Immaculate College, windows have been smashed at community group 2010 offices and a number of private cars have had their windows smashed. Everyone targeted in these attacks are now being left with a hefty repair bill.

“Schools are centres of our communities and provide not just education for our children but also services for families, after schools projects, and outreach to the wider community.

“The Whistle project, local GAA club Pearse’s are amongst users of the school and all are very appreciative of the use of the school premises. We cannot allow a handful of people to put all of that good work in jeopardy,” she said.

Community worker with the 2010 project Geraldine O’Donnell, whose premises were also targeted said; “Five windows in our offices were smashed and we have now been left with a repair bill we can do without.

“It defies logic that anyone would attack a community group that is trying to better the lives of the people of Gobnascale and wider Waterside area.

“This area has few facilities and I would say to whoever is responsible for these attacks to stop, as they are only hurting their own community.”