Hammer attack sparks renewed pleas for end to Whiteabbey violence

POLICE, politicians and community representatives met this week to discuss measures aimed at putting a stop to ongoing violent sectarian clashes in Whiteabbey.

The talks took place at Mossley Mill on Monday (June 6) - just days after a teenage boy suffered serious injuries after being hit in the face with a hammer during the latest outbreak of trouble in the Abbeyglen area.

Organised sectarian battles involving gangs of young people from Monkstown, Glenville and other nearby areas have been going on for several years. But local residents say their lives have become a nightmare in recent months as the frequency and scale of the ‘recreational rioting’ has increased.

Amid public pleas for an end to the nightly clashes, police officers met with local residents, council representatives, NEELB Youth Service, Housing Executive, Translink and other interested groups on Monday to discuss the ongoing problems in the glen between Monkstown and Glenville.

“It was agreed that both short-term and longer terms actions are needed to address the situation. Short-term actions will include more visible policing alongside diversionary and educational/awareness raising programmes. A further meeting is planned for the near future which will identify longer term actions,” a council spokesperson revealed.

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