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Illegal dumping clean-up operation carried out at anti-social behaviour hot-spot

'Longer term solution must be found to tackle high levels of anti-social behaviour activity on this site'

Ciaran Toman and Declan McAlinden Lurgan

A clean-up operation has been carried out in response to concerns over illegal dumping and anti-social behaviour in Lurgan.

The town centre operation focussed on land adjacent to the North Street car park.

St Peter’s Parish and statutory agencies stepped in to clean up the rubbish which had accumulated through illegal dumping in the area.

Local SDLP representative Ciaran Toman welcomed the work.

But he insisted: “A longer term solution must still be found to tackle the high levels of anti-social behaviour activity on this site.

“Although, it will be a much easier job for the neighbourhood policing team to identify anti-social behaviour activity on this site with it now levelled off.

“It is much more visible from a greater distance.”

SDLP Councillor Joe Nelson, Chair of Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Policing and Community Safety Partnership, raised the issue of anti-social behaviour with the PCSP and requested greater resources be targeted in the area.

Mr Toman added: “It is time that people who are dumping their rubbish at will on this site are held to account.

“I have asked that the council monitor the area on an ongoing basis to ensure fly-tippers are caught and held accountable.

“Illegal dumping is unwanted and I would ask those responsible for this to desist and I would also continue to encourage the public to report any instances to the SDLP office or the local council officials on 0300 0300 900.”

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