Concerns raised over anti-social youths

Mayor of Craigavon, Councillor Mark Baxter is concerned by increasing vandalism attacks in Donaghcloney
Mayor of Craigavon, Councillor Mark Baxter is concerned by increasing vandalism attacks in Donaghcloney

Anti-social behaviour in Donaghcloney has become a concern for residents living in the village.

Youths gathering in the centre of the village near the Lisnasure Road junction is particularly bad say local people who are fed up with litter and noise.

Only last weekend a telephone box was smashed in the area.

Mayor of Craigavon, Councillor Mark Baxter says youths congregating in the area are the source of the problem.

He explained that he has been inundated with calls from residents fed up with young people dropping litter and making noise right through until the early hours of the morning.

Mr Baxter said: “Having being continuously contacted about anti-social behaviour and litter problems in and around the area of the bus stop at the village, on the corner of the Lisnasure Road, the DUP have met with local police and council litter wardens.

“The vandalism of the phone box further adds to the anxiety of local people who fear anti-social behaviour is on the increase.”

Mr Baxter, a Donaghcloney resident shares these concerns.

He said: “My biggest concern is that all this behaviour seems to be taking place in around the bus shelter area which is adjacent to a row of pensioners bungalows.

“The litter and broken glass, particularly at weekends is horrendous.

“Not only is it a real mess but there is a cost attached in regards to the clean up which is being paid by the rate payer.”

He continued: “The weekend’s vandalism to the phone box just reinforces people’s frustration as to this behaviour.

“I have been in contact with BT who will take care of the phone box and again as a member of Policing and Community Safety Partnership I will be in contact with neighbourhood police to again highlight the ongoing problem.

“I would urge local residents to contact the PSNI in Lurgan in confidence when they notice anything untoward in the vicinity.”

One man who lives in the area said that over the past few months he had noticed a lot more young people gathering in the area and is concerned as many pensioners live nearby.

“A lot of pensioners live near where these youths are hanging out and I’m sure they are anxious having people outside their homes making noise to all hours.

“I wouldn’t like it and someone vulnerable shouldn’t have to live like this.

“These youths need to think about how their actions affect others.”