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Council addresses anti-social behaviour at Gortgonis Playing Fields

Mid Ulster District Council and local stakeholders have refocused efforts to address anti-social behaviour at Gortgonis Playing Fields, Coalisland, following an escalation in incidents in previous weeks.

Councillor Sean McGuigan, Chair of the Council’s Environment Committee, said,

“The Council is aware of ongoing anti-social behaviour at Gortgonis Playing Fields, which has escalated over the past number of weeks. These types of gatherings are not only unadvised in the current climate, but also impact negatively on the local environment through littering, and on residents in the area which should not and will not be tolerated.

“As well as increasing our presence on the site, which will get busier as facilities there re-open, we are working with key stakeholders, local residents, the PSNI, and elected and community representatives to address this as a matter of urgency.”

Chair of Mid Ulster Policing and Community Safety Partnership, Councillor Christine McFlynn echoed this, saying, “In this case as with all other instances of anti-social behaviour involving younger people, it’s vital that parents and/or guardians of young people know exactly what their child is doing outside of the home, especially in the summer time with the longer evenings and even more so in the current pandemic situation. Underage drinking and any behaviour that causes distress to residents and the general public shows no respect for either the environment it happens in, or the residents that it affects.”

Inspector Knipe from Torrent Neighbourhood Policing Team said: “We are aware of anti-social behaviour in this area, and we understand the impact this is having on the community. Local residents have a right to live in peace and I can reassure them, and the local community, we will continue to work with our partner agencies in a bid to find a solution.”

Anyone affected by anti-social behaviour at Gortgonis Playing Fields is asked to contact their local Councillor, or the PSNI on 101, or in an emergency only, 999. Information can also be anonymously provided to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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