An elected representative has made a call for the police and a housing association to take action to deal with a spike in serious anti-social behaviour in the area of the Waterside after the latest incident in the area saw two women assaulted.
And, one resident of St Brecan’s Park who contacted the Derry News says that drug dealing is ‘openly taking place’ in the area and added that the upturn in anti-social incidents in the district is the result of a small number of people who have recently moved into the area.
Police have confirmed that they arrested three men in the area last weekend following their alleged involvement in a serious assault.
The men aged 32, 35 and 58-years-old, were detained by police on Sunday, August 18 with PSNI Inspector Ali saying: “Sometime between 6.35pm and 6.45pm, it was reported that a 30-year-old female was driving in a car in the area when she was pulled from the vehicle by a number of males and assaulted.
“It was reported that the female was taken to hospital for injuries that were not believed to be life threatening. A member of the public – a 20-year-old female, who attempted to intervene was also assaulted during the incident. Her injuries are not believed to be serious.
“All three men have been released on police bail pending further enquiries.”
The St Brecan’s Park resident, who does not wish to be identified, said: “Those causing the problems have been living there for just two months or so. One person is openly selling drugs – my stomach is turning with it all. They are repeatedly shouting and fighting in the street.
“The homes here are really nice, but it’s got so bad here recently that there have been suggestions that panic buttons and CCTV are going to have to be fitted to the houses. I think they should be put out of Derry.”
Christopher Jackson, Sinn Fein Councillor for the district told the Derry News: “This behaviour is having an unsettling effect on a large number of local residents, it’s a totally unacceptable situation that people must live with all this going on around their homes.
“Apex Housing Association have a major responsibility along with the PSNI and local residents in finding a workable solution here. This simply can’t go on.
“This is a much-needed modern housing development and it is vitally important these activities are nipped in the bud.”
Meanwhile, a spokesperson for Apex, who maintain the properties, told the Derry News: “Apex are fully aware of the recent issues and have been liaising with our tenants and relevant agencies. Apex is investigating these incidents and will take action as appropriate in line with our Anti-Social Behaviour and Procedures.”
CAPTION: St Brecan's Park in the Waterside.
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