Police move to address anti-social behaviour in Ballyclare

Police have conducted site visits across Ballyclare in a bid to address concerns around anti-social behaviour and recent criminal damage.

Thursday, 13th May 2021, 11:33 am

Ballyclare DEA Ulster Unionist representatives Cllr Vera McWilliam and Cllr Norrie Ramsay met with officers yesterday (Wednesday) to highlight local concerns.

Speaking to the Times, Cllr Ramsay stated: “There has been recent anti-social behaviour around the town, including underage drinking near the Sixmile Leisure Centre, in Ballyclare War Memorial Park and at the Sixmilewater Park.

“Council staff are routinely having to clean up certain areas of the town following underage drinking and groups of young people gathering.

Cllr McWilliam and Cllr Ramsay met with police to highlight community concerns.

“I would stress that purchasing alcohol for underage people is illegal. Police will confiscate alcohol from underage drinkers. I would also appeal to parents and guardians to take responsibility.

“I am on the ground in the town every weekend at the areas impacted by this anti-social behaviour and I am glad the police have listened to our concerns.

“Cllr McWilliam and myself are working with the PSNI to address these issues and we are pleased with the response from officers.”

Commenting on the issues highlighted, a PSNI spokesperson said: “It was a real pleasure to spend time out in Ballyclare talking with residents and our local retailers.

“Along with Councillors Norrie Ramsay and Vera McWilliam we discussed some issues that are causing concern, mainly around anti-social behaviour and criminal damage.

“It is always good to have constructive conversations around how we can all work together to make our district a safe place for everyone.”

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