Derry's council has approved the recruitment of two additional Park Rangers in a bid to stamp out anti-social behaviour at St Columb's Park over the summer months.

The move was approved at this afternoon's meeting of Derry City and Strabane District Council's Environmment and Regeneration Committee, held at the Guildhall.

The meeting was told that while the 'vast majority' of park users use the facilities appropriately there are occasions when groups, particularly of younger users, have engaged in 'unacceptable behaviour impacting on other park users and nearby residents'.

A council reported stated: "On occasion the Rangers will intervene to prevent unacceptable behaviours but these interventions are limited by the number of park users present and the behaviours or activities engaged in. Where the Rangers consider that further interventions are required they will seek the assistance of Councils Community
Safety Wardens and/or the PSNI."

It added that the new rangers an 'interim measure' over the summer months, and they will support the existing Park Rangers at peak times over the weekend.

The move was welcomed by the DUP's David Ramsey.

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