Rosemount residents anger over anti-social behaviour
Category: Northern Ireland
Published: 27th Mar 2012 14:02:37
Residents in the Rosemount area of Londonderry have said the number of young people congregating in the area at night is unacceptable.
They said on Monday night up to 200 people were in the area, many of them drinking.
Speaking to Radio Foyle, residents said gardens were urinated in and the area was littered with glass bottles, cans and takeaway cartons.
They want the area fenced off to prevent people from gathering there.
"It's not acceptable," said one resident.
"A car of them pulled up, four got out with glasses in their hand. They are drinking and driving as well.
"They have the sense to know what they are doing. They are not wee 14 or 15 year olds."
Local community worker, Tommy McCourt, said the problem was not a new one and dated back more than 15 years.
"Three or four years ago it got really bad and we got the residents together," he said.
"At one point we literally had to go on the streets. Well over 80 residents went out and marched the streets to prevent this happening.
"It did reduce for a while and we've done a lot of work with children in Rosemount, but most of these kids are not from the area."
Mr McCourt also criticised the police response to the issue.
However, police in Derry said they were aware of the impact of anti-social behavioural issues and worked "tirelessly to tackle the problem".
"The situation in Rosemount had been well-improved until Friday evening past and then it seemed to kick off again," said Insp Trevor McKeown.
"Police seized alcohol from young people in the area and referrals have been made to youth diversion officers.
Responding to residents criticism over how long it had taken for the police to come to Rosemount on Tuesday night, he said Tuesday had been "very busy".
"It was about 11 o'clock when we got the first call about drinking in various areas of the city," he said.
"Police had seized alcohol from people who were on the Walls, people in St Columb's park and in the Fern Park area.
"There was also a security alert in Fahan Street and four road collisions, so there were lots of ongoing issues for police to deal with.
"But we do take this seriously."
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