Residents ‘prisoners in their own homes’

Sinn Fein Councillor Sandra Duffy.
Sinn Fein Councillor Sandra Duffy.

Residents of the Drumleck Drive area of Shantallow have said they are like ‘prisoners in their own homes’ because of ongoing anti-social behaviour.

One resident, who did not wish to be named, told the ‘Journal’ that groups of young people have been congregating in an area known locally as ‘the Donkey Field’ on a nightly basis.

He said these young people were responsible for setting small fires, causing damage to the fencing around homes and throwing bottles, stones and muck bombs at houses.

‘It has been going on since the summer between 8 and 11pm every night. Our fear is that they are completely out of control and it is only going to get worse in the run up to Hallowe’en’.

‘There are up to 20 of them out there every night and it is scary to have to have to walk through them. Now they are letting off fireworks and we are afraid of the damage they could cause’.

Sinn Fein Councillor Sandra Duffy pleaded with parents in the area to ensure they ‘know where their children are and what they are up to’.

She said she is aware of children as young as 12 congregating in Shantallow and setting small fires and letting off fireworks.

‘There is the potential for someone to get hurt. Extra pressure will also be put on the emergency services to deal with small fires and this will affect their ability to respond to more serious incidents.

‘If parents are concerned about their children they should talk to them or seek advice from the local residents’ association or councillors’.