Good Friday wrecking spree

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A Top of the Hill resident has warned that a young person will be seriously hurt or injured if gangs of youths continue to wreak havoc in the area like they have in recent weeks.

The resident, who wishes to remain anonymous for fear of an attack on his property, said the area was plagued with anti social behaviour on Good Friday night with groups of up to 30 and 40 teenagers arriving from outside the locality and indulging in a wrecking spree, causing damage to local properties and cars.

The resident told the Sunday Journal: “This all happened after midnight on Friday. These gangs just turned up from outside the area and were running about mad all over Top of the Hill and Strabane Old Road. They were even kicking off people’s wing mirrors.

“This has happened a number of times in recent weeks and I would be very concerned that if this kind of violence keeps happening a young person will get seriously hurt or even killed.”

The resident said: “I want to know where these young people’s parents are and who’s working with them. This just shouldn’t be happening.

“It’s madness up here over the last couple of months and it is only a matter of time before one of the young people involved ends up very seriously hurt or injured. As well as that it’s not fair on the people who have to live here and put up with it.”

A PSNI spokesperson said:“Police in Foyle are appealing for information following anti social behaviour in the Corrody Road area of Derry on the evening of Friday 6 April.

Just before midnight, police received reports that a number of youths were causing damage to vehicles in the area. Police attended and a 16 year old male was cautioned at the scene.

“Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Neighbourhood Police in Waterside Police Station on 0845 600 8000. Or if someone would prefer to provide information without giving their details, they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers and speak to them anonymously on 0800 555 111.”

The latest incidents come just days after local councillors hit out after it was announced that a Top of the Hill community centre has been forced to close its doors for health and safety reasons.

Speaking earlier in the week, Sinn Fein Councillor Lynn Fleming said:

“The Top of the Hill area is one of high deprivation and already lacking in community facilities without losing the one small community centre situated in the estate.”

“This area needs to have a place in which the community can focus on bringing services and recreation facilities to the local residents.”