‘Young people using drugs in broad daylight’ claim

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Young people are dealing and using drugs in broad daylight on a stretch of path at Creggan Country park, it’s been claimed.

Gerry Quinn, Manager of Creggan Country Park, said he has seen young teenagers and people in their twenties openly take drugs in the area, with no fear of repercussions.

Now, the local park manager is calling on the police and Derry City Council to “step up” and tackle the issue and maintain what he’s described as illicit activity.

He’s also invited SDLP Councillor Shauna Cusack, who issued a statement on the condition of the path earlier this week, to engage with staff at the Country Park about ongoing anti social behaviour problems in the area.

“It’s easy for agencies to say that they’re working on these issues but those of us on the ground are seeing very little evidence of that,” he said.

“I’ve seen people dealing drugs, young people using drugs and you only have to look at the path to see that it isn’t being properly maintained at all.

“Some of the stuff which was dumped there has been lying since Christmas.

“Every time we talk about this we’re told about a multi-agency approach but that’s not good enough.

“We want to see changes, on the ground, and to date, we simply haven’t.”

A spokesperson for Derry City Council said that it has been made aware of the issues at the pathway in Creggan Country Park and is working with the PSNI and the Community Safety Officers with regard to issues relating to anti social behaviour in the area and in other areas affected by this problem.

SDLP Councillor Shauna Cusack said, “This is a very worrying discovery, the area is known to attract young people and underage drinkers but what I have found has taken this anti social behaviour to another, more sinister level.

“The sheer quantities of the drugs apparatus found in the area would suggest drug taking on a large scale not just a few individuals.

“The fact that it is right next to a natural beauty spot which facilitates young school children and community groups is particularly worrying.

“The safety of our young people is paramount and they can too easily get caught up in this dangerous activity through peer pressure or curiosity.

“I would therefore urge community and youth workers, the wardens and police responsible for this area to come together as a matter of urgency.”