Police are being urged to increase patrols in Donaghcloney following reports of an increase in anti-social behaviour in the village.
Alliance Councillor for the Lagan River DEA, Jessica Johnston, says the increase over recent weeks has come under the cover of darkness as the evenings have shortened.
Said Councillor Johnston: “I am saddened to hear and see the increase in anti-social behaviour by younger generations in the village which has had an effect on the local community with an increase in smashed glass found on footpaths and particularly surrounding the local community garden, which is often cleared up by the Donaghcloney Community Garden Group who do a great job at keeping it clean and tidy.”
Councillor Johnston added that “residents have reported large groups of teenagers out late at night throwing litter and glass bottles. This saddens me that our younger generations think this is acceptable.
“Finding ways to reduce anti-social behaviour at a young age, such as increased youth group provision and letting young people know the consequences of such behaviour through increased awareness projects in schools, are needed to reduce the impact of it on their lives in the future and to help our local community.
“I have liaised with the local Neighbourhood Policing Team to ensure a Police presence and patrols can be increased in the village, particularly late at night, so that whoever is responsible for the anti-social behaviour can be deterred.
“Residents are also encouraged to report any behaviour of such kind to the PSNI if they see it taking place.”