AN SDLP politician says drunken youths were dicing with death at the weekend by playing ‘chicken’ with cars on a busy road.
Councillor Angela Dobbins has raised her deep concerns regarding anti-social behaviour after up to 100 youths converged at Culmore in Derry/Londonderry on Saturday night.
Residents told her they felt “intimidated” by the mob who damaged gardens and property.
She says the youth were drinking and had bags of alcohol in their possession.
“I received a number of calls regarding an extremely large gathering of youth in the area. I witnessed it myself and promptly informed the PSNI who said they would increase the patrols in the area.” says Cllr Dobbins.
“I approached the local off licence and staff assured me that no alcohol had been sold without ID and that they were aware of the youth gathering.
“Residents were very intimidated by the sheer magnitude of the crowd and were fearful of what might happen given that most of the youth were drinking.
“Apparently there was a party organised and once it went on facebook then it became a free for all.
“These drunken youth were playing ‘chicken’ across the main road putting themselves and drivers at risk.
“Some youth began to damage gardens and property.
“Residents have complained that their gardens were used as latrines. The aftermath was very evident on Sunday morning as the area was littered with empty cans and 2lt cider bottles.
“Thankfully the PSNI presence led to the dispersal of the crowd and I commend them for remaining in the area afterwards to insure these young people would not return and cause further anti-social behaviour.
“These gatherings are anything but social.
“These youth gather in large numbers consuming alcohol and are intent in causing destruction and annoyance in the areas.
“This weekend alone in the greater Shantallow area, damage and destruction was widespread,” added Cllr Dobbins.