Ulster Unionist Councillor William McCandless has called for a more visible Police presence in Coleraine Town Centre following a number of recent incidents in the area.
Cllr McCandless said : “After a meeting I had with senior police officers mid August I would advise members of the public to contact the PSNI ref. any incidents they notice of anti social behaviour particularly in the town centre area of Coleraine, from Railway Rd. Circular Rd. Park St. Anderson Park, The Diamond, Society St. & New Row.”
“I appreciate the PSNI appealed for information a few weeks ago in relation to damage caused in the Park.
“I am now being contacted by commercial properties in the Diamond area ref. teenagers scaling their walls from the Mall car park, and unfortunately damage has still been occurring in the Parks.
“With ref. to scaling the walls I don’t think any criminal intent is behind this, much of it I believe is attributed to young people daring each other to do climbing Spider Man stunts. Whilst I hope many of them may be budding mountaineers they could be potentially exposing themselves to damage to life and limb and there is also the possible damage to the commercial properties.
“We also have many of our senior citizens living in these areas of close proximity to town centre and I want them to feel safe and secure. Some of them have also mentioned to me the assurance and comfort it gives when they see a constable on the beat around their area. It instils trust, builds up relationships and makes the PSNI more approachable.
“I appreciate that the response time from a vehicle is necessary. However we also need to build up confidence among the whole community and that is why I am asking for the ” Bobby on the beat “. Seeing a constable on the beat sends out a message of assurance and it reinforces the close relationship we need to build with the neighbourhoods, strengthen police effectiveness and encourage cooperation to make a safer community.”