Bid to tackle 'anti-social behaviour' in Windmill area

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Police are urging residents in the Windmill area of Carrickfergus to be vigilant over anti-social behaviour.

It follows a report of large numbers of youths having gathered at Windmill Play Park last Saturday night.

Broken glass at the play park.

Broken glass at the play park.

One resident, who did not wish to be named, claimed that upwards of 30-40 young people were involved. "They were very noisy and a lot of them were drinking [alcohol]; there was broken glass all over the place on Sunday morning," the resident added.

"Windmill residents are sick and tired of this behaviour."

Responding to the issue, Inspector Mullan said: “Police are aware of issues of anti-social behaviour occurring in and around the Windmill area of Carrickfergus.

“We continue to work with others key stakeholders to redress this situation. We liaise closely with local residents and community representatives and welcome any opportunity to engage with members of the local community to address policing issues of concern. Tackling issues of anti-social behaviour is one of the main priorities for our officers, who continue to provide a visible policing presence in the area.

“My message regarding this matter is twofold. Firstly, I am appealing to anyone who witnesses, or who is or affected by, incidents of antisocial behaviour to contact police immediately.

“I am also appealing to parents or guardians to know what their children are doing outside of the home and to make it clear that underage drinking and any behaviour that impacts negatively on residents will not be tolerated. Young people could find themselves with a criminal record, which could ultimately affect their future opportunities – including education, employment and even travel opportunities.

“If you see something that causes concern, contact us immediately on 101 and in an emergency call 999. Information can also be provided to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111, which is 100 percent anonymous and gives people the power to speak up and stop crime.”