Dozens of local residents gathered for a public meeting in Jordanstown last week to discuss the recent spate of car crime in the area.
It was standing room only at the event in St Patrick’s Church hall, which was organised by East Antrim Alliance MLA Stewart Dickson and Alderman Tom Campbell.
Among those who attended the meeting was Antrim and Newtownabbey’s most senior police officer, Supt. Muir Clark, who spoke with residents and attempted to address their concerns.
“In recent weeks, a criminal gang from Belfast have been preying on local people in a series of car thefts, culminating in a high speed pursuit by police two weeks ago. Therefore, I and my Alliance colleague Alderman Campbell organised the public meeting to allow residents to express their concerns, ask questions and ascertain what the PSNI were doing to deter and catch these criminals,” Mr Dickson explained.
“I’d like to thank Muir Clark for taking the time to meet local residents and address their concerns. The response from the meeting has been positive and some concerns have also been eased.”
Mr Dickson said he looked forward to the PSNI crime prevention team and local neighbourhood officers working with residents to deliver positive crime prevention measures in the area.
Alderman Campbell added: “This was a genuine dialogue with the police and I felt it was a very constructive engagement in which the Jordanstown community had an opportunity to express their concerns on local crime issues, and to learn from the Commander what action he has been taking to tackle these problems. The police have very recently been successful in apprehending a number of suspects and this has been welcomed locally.”
Both politicians urged anyone with information about criminal activity in the area to report it to the PSNI using the non-emergency number, 101.