Police ‘aware of anti-social issue’

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Concerns have been raised after reports of anti-social behaviour around commercial premises in Ballyclare in recent weeks.

It is understood that crowds of up to 70 teens have been causing disturbances in the town at stores including Asda.

The Times understands a number of incidents have occurred in recent weeks, particularly in the Park Street area, with newspapers being set on fire on one occasion in the Asda carpark.

Commenting on the issue, a PSNI spokesperson said: “Police are aware of reports of anti-social behaviour around commercial premises in the Ballyclare area and continue to work with partner agencies and community and political representatives in a bid to resolve these issues.”

Inspector Ian Lockyer stated: “We understand the extent to which anti-social behaviour can have an adverse effect on the quality of life for the people affected by it, and as such, we have recently stepped up patrolling in the area and met with local representatives to discuss the matter.

“We are here to listen to community concerns and work with others to find a solution to any problems they may have. Police always seek to exploit all opportunities to address anti-social behaviour, working closely with local residents and other agencies. This work also includes enforcement - making arrests – and education – helping our young people understand the impact this type of activity can have on the victim.”

Inspector Lockyer added: “We would encourage the public to report incidents of antisocial behaviour to us as they occur in a bid to help prevent and detect crime.

“Anyone with any information about such incidents is asked to contact Police on the 101 number.”

Commenting on the recent incidents, an Asda spokesperson said: “We are currently assisting police.”