In a statement to Causeway Coast Community, Councillor William McCandless said “It is hard to believe that at the height of the storm yesterday the PSNI in Coleraine were advising that they were receiving reports of youths climbing buildings in the centre of town.
Why would their parents have permitted them to leave the safety of their homes while a storm was raging? One slip and we could be discussing a fatality this morning.
At the weekend the residents of Society St. had to endure teenagers running riot in their street letting off fireworks, one resident had his front door kicked in by them. Parishioners leaving evening service at St. Patrick’s on Sunday evening had a firework thrown at them, the youths ran away along Park St. car park.
This ASB has been occurring for 15 months and it continues to worsen in its actions and severity. In my opinion we have a chronic behaviour disorder in the centre of town which is increasing in its actions and severity.
I congratulate the PSNI for the arrests, seizure of drugs and alcohol in Anderson’s Park at the weekend but we need a presence on a nightly basis for as long as it takes to stop this ASB in the centre of our town.
I would appeal to the PSNI to treat this as a top priority in Coleraine.”