‘Derry residents being tormented’

Colr Shauna Cusack.
Colr Shauna Cusack.

Drug and drink fuelled youths engaging in anti-social behaviour and fights at the Creggan Burn are “tormenting” residents in the area, it has been claimed.

SDLP Councillor Shauna Cusack raised the matter at the monthly meeting of Derry City Council’s full council this week.

Speaking in the Guildhall, Colr. Cusack said that underage drinking, drug taking and episodes of violence involving children as young as 14 were all being reported from the area.

She added that large groups of young people have been arriving into the area from different parts of the city every night for the past week.

Speaking at the meeting, Colr. Cusack called on the council to work with other bodies including the PSNI and the Derry Community Safety Partnership to make parents aware of what is going on and to try and tackle the problem in an effective manner.

She also called for the parents of those engaging in such behaviour to be held accountable.

Colr. Cusack said that while she was aware of the good work being done by Derry City Council’s community safety wardens, there was a case for more wardens.

A review of the warden patrol work schedule has also been called for to ensure both evenings and weekends .

Colr. Cusack said it was vital that the areas were patrolled during times when the problems occurred.

At a separate meeting of the Community Safety Partnership this week, Colr. Cusack also secured a commitment from the PSNI that they would review resourcing and patrols of the area.