IN THE same week that Glengormley police have said they are witnessing unprecedented levels of anti-social behaviour in the town, it has been revealed that the area’s PSNI station has been earmarked for closure.
Sergeant Colin Crymble said trouble in Glengormley over recent months was as bad as he had witnessed since he first joined the local Neighbourhood Policing Team in November 2006.
Over the past six months there have been regular incidents of youths clashing in the centre of Glengormley. Residents have said their lives are being ruined by the persistent sectarian trouble on their doorsteps and police have made a series of arrests.
But despite the town centre being plagued by anti-social yobs and Inspector Martin Ruddy admitting earlier this year that police are “struggling to hold the line”, the station is facing the axe as the PSNI looks to implement a series of money-saving cutbacks.
At the weekend, the Times was invited along to witness what the police have to deal with during a routine Saturday night patrol.
Sergeant Crymble said: “Unfortunately over 90 per cent of the work we do is with anti-social behaviour involving young people in the centre of Glengormley.
“There are times when we are the thin blue line in the middle of the village, holding back groups intent on attacking each other.
“That is not what we are all about, but it is something that consumes our work - at times we feel like parents.”
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