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Cllr Wilson calls for crackdown on anti social behaviour and drug abuse in Ballymoney

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Speaking to Causeway Coast Community this morning on the Anti Social behaviour in Ballymoney, Councillor Darryl Wilson said

“The anti social behaviour we have experienced over the past year in Ballymoney, namely in the Riverside Park and Train Station areas has progressively worsened as each month goes by. During this time it has been characterised by a deliberate and intentional malevolence towards people and property.

There have been repeated violations of social rules, defiance of authority and total disregard for the rights of others. I have been contacted by many constituents over the last year who have highlighted this problem, Translink staff, commuters and members of the public have also been raising the issue of drug abuse taking place in the park and station areas.

I agree with members of the public that if this issue is not handled properly and in time, that it will persist and escalate in severity. I have appealed to the PSNI to do whatever it takes to put an end to this behaviour before a tragic incident occurs. I appreciate that dealing with ASB is resource intensive and the holistic approach which needs to be taken will include multi agencies working together, early intervention and preventative measures, support for victims, dealing with perpetrators of ASB and enforcement action where necessary.

Tackling this ASB and drug abuse must be the top priority for the PSNI in Ballymoney, and the residents in the town need to see that there is concerted action being taken to deter and stop this scourge in our community. If a dedicated task force of police officers is required to bring law and order back into our town then we must have it. We need to have available manpower applied to tackling the problem in the heart of Ballymoney.

I guarantee that I will be continually liaising with senior PSNI personnel to ensure we get this issue resolved and give peace to the residents and an end to drug abuse and unacceptable behaviour in the centre of town.”

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