'Intoxicated' and 'verbally abusive' teens distressing for Carrick residents - police

Police are urging parents in Carrickfergus to be mindful of what their children are doing outside of the home.

Monday, 19th April 2021, 3:01 pm
Updated Monday, 19th April 2021, 3:02 pm

It follows a report of antisocial behaviour in the Sunnylands Avenue area of the town in the early hours of Sunday, April 18.

Sergeant Todd said: “We received a report, at around 12.40am, that a group of young teenagers had gathered in the area. They appeared intoxicated and were generally causing a disturbance, including being verbally abusive.

“This behaviour may seem like fun for those involved; however, it is without question distressing for others, in particular local residents.

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“While we are committed to keeping our communities safe, the issue of antisocial behaviour cannot be addressed by police alone.

“Parents and guardians need 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 will not be tolerated. Young people could find themselves with a criminal record, which has all sorts of implications for future opportunities.”

Sergeant Todd also reinforced the need for people – of all ages – to be mindful of the current health regulations with a view to safeguarding one’s wellbeing and protecting the health of others.

Anyone who witnesses, or who is or affected by, incidents of antisocial behaviour is asked to contact police 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.