Fears over Derry drugs den

Drug paraphenelia inside the barn. (1104MM22)
Drug paraphenelia inside the barn. (1104MM22)

Young teenagers gathering to take drugs in a barn in the Galliagh area of the city are risking their lives, a local community worker has said.

Sandra Duffy, a candidate for Sinn Féin in the forthcoming council elections, said residents in the Lower Galliagh Road area contacted her claiming that children as young as 12 years-old were involved in drug taking 
at the barn.

Ms Duffy said she went to the barn and found several items of drug paraphernalia.

The Sinn Féin representative said the isolated location of the barn could lead to a tragedy if any of the young people required 
medical help.

“I would worry about any young person using it,” she said. “God forbid, but if anything happened one of these young people out there they might not be found for 
some time.

“I would urge any young person who may be thinking of going out to this barn to have a rethink. They are placing themselves at risk,
she added.

Ms Duffy urged parents in the area to make their children aware of the dangers of drugs. “I would also appeal to parents to talk to your children about the dangers that they may be exposing themselves to,” she said.

PSNI Sergeant Phil Martin, Foyle City North Neighbourhood Policing Team, said the police will carry out extra patrols in the area.

“We are doing our utmost to address antisocial behaviour in many areas including the Lower Galliagh Road area and over the next number of weeks will be enforcing a zero tolerance policy to antisocial and criminal behaviour. Over the next few weeks we will be focusing patrols on this area and anyone found to be 
breaking the law will be 
arrested,” he said.