North Belfast MP Nigel Dodds met with Newtownabbey Police last week to highlight concerns over anti-social behaviour in the Glenvarna area of Glengormley.
Joined by DUP colleagues Paula Bradley MLA and Councillor Audrey Ball, Mr Dodds highlighted issues which were raised by residents during a walk around the area with PSNI Neighbourhood Patrol Team Leader, Sergeant Colin Crymble.
Issues raised included the illegal use of motorbikes on green areas, evidence of substance abuse and the use of alleyways for anti-social behaviour.
Speaking after the meeting, Mr Dodds said: “Today’s meeting was very useful. Over recent weeks many local residents in Glenvarna have contacted me in relation to anti-social behaviour in the area. This site meeting afforded me the opportunity to relay those concerns directly to the police and to highlight the locations of these unwanted incidents.”
He added: “I welcome the undertaking from the police that they will have an increased visibility in the area in order to act as a deterrent and to be on the ground if required. The police have also noted a number of action points, including alleyways to be blocked up in order to stop their use as a hub for anti-social behaviour.
“Alongside the police and other statutory agencies I will continue to monitor the situation to ensure this unwanted problem in Glenvarna is brought to an end.”
A PSNI spokesperson described the meeting on August 28 as “very constructive”.
“Over coming days and weeks local officers will conduct increased targeted patrolling of the area with a view to disrupting anti-social behaviour and identifying those involved.
“While blocking off alleyways is not an issue for police we will be working closely with other statutory partners to seek to put in place measures that collectively will improve the day to day experience of those living in the estate,” she said.