PSNI to up presence after youth disorder


The PSNI is set to increase its presence in a trouble-hit part of Londonderry, following a night of disorder by youths.

SDLP councillor Brian Tierney, representing the north-west of the city, spoke to the News Letter shortly after a meeting of the Outer North Community Safety Team on Thursday afternoon.

The group is made up police, the Housing Executive, community representatives and others, and councillor Tierney said: “There are high levels of anti-social behaviour going on night after night. Large crowds of young people gathering in the area – most not from the area.”

Councillor Tierney – who lives in the Galliagh area where the trouble flared – said the PSNI had “given them a commitment they will show a higher presence in the area over the next number of nights to bring this under control”.

Drink was a factor in the disturbances, he added, which included youths urinating in the street, and confrontations with residents.

He added that it does not appear to be political or linked to any kind of dissident republican activity.

The PSNI said it had used CS gas to control disorder from around 30 youths from around 9.50pm on Wednesday night.

They had come under attack using bits of masonry after responding to a report of a disorderly behaviour.

One 17-year-old male was arrested on suspicion of disorderly behaviour and later released pending a report to the PPS.

Reports that shots had been fired in the area remained unconfirmed on Thursday afternoon.