Fears over rising levels of anti-social behaviour

The mess left behind by anti-social yobs who set fire to wheelie bins outside the flats at Glenville Park on Saturday. INNT 18-515CON

The mess left behind by anti-social yobs who set fire to wheelie bins outside the flats at Glenville Park on Saturday. INNT 18-515CON

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The Housing Executive has confirmed that senior staff were due to meet with PSNI officers and representatives of Newtownabbey Council this week to discuss a worrying increase in anti-social behaviour in the Glenville area of Whiteabbey.

A Housing Executive spokesperson revealed that the district office has received a number of reports regarding incidents of bins being set alight and cars being damaged in the area.

In the latest incident on Saturday morning (April 28), several black wheelie bins were set alight outside a block of flats at Glenville Park.

“As someone who has a young family, we go to bed never knowing what type of incidents we will be woken by in the night and that is unsettling to say the least,” one concerned resident told the Times.

“This latest incident is particularly worrying as the bins were set alight right beside the properties in which young families live.

“If appropriate action is not taken by the NIHE, the council and the PSNI this type of behaviour will never be stopped,” he added.

Responding to the man’s concerns, the NIHE spokesperson said: “We take the issue of anti-social behaviour very seriously and will be raising these incidents in the course of our next monthly meeting with the PSNI and council, due to take place on Wednesday (May 2).

She added: “In tackling anti-social behaviour it is vital that there is evidence to take action against those responsible and so we would ask anyone who has experienced or witnessed incidents to report them to the PSNI or to the local Housing Executive office.”