Glenvarna residents’ relief as abandoned house is secured

The boarded up house in Glenvarna Avenue.

The boarded up house in Glenvarna Avenue.

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GLENVARNA residents have said they are “relieved” steps have been taken to secure an empty house which they claim had become a drink and drugs den.

The house, in Glenvarna Drive, is owned by the Ulster Bank and has been left empty for some time.

Residents have said the house has been used by teenagers and young adults for underage drinking and drug abuse.

On Thursday, May 17, a fire was started in the property which forced neighbouring residents out of their home.

A local resident told the Times: “We have been on with the bank to secure the property or sell it.

“People in the area have tried to buy it, but the asking price has been too high and now the house is ruined.

“For some time now the house has been used by teenagers for drinking and taking drugs and it was just fortunate that no-one was injured in the fire.

“It looks like the bank has done a good job of securing the house and I am relieved they have done so.”

Metal grilles have been secured over the doors and windows and the site is to be monitored 24 hours a day by CCTV and a security firm.

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