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Mother and son attacked in ‘terrifying’ ordeal

Thursday, 1 March 2018

THOSE involved in a spate of anti-social behaviour over recent months in the town have been called on to put an end to the anguish they are causing to their own communities following the latest incident of an attack on a woman and her car at the weekend.

Concerns have been voiced at what many perceive to be an escalation in the antics of an anti-social element on local streets who, residents claim, are acting with impunity.

On Sunday evening, a mother and her young son were subjected to a terrifying ordeal when a plastic barrier was thrown in front of her car by a group of young people as she drove up Ballycolman Avenue shortly after 7pm causing her to brake sharply.

When the woman got out of her car to check if there was any damage, she was then confronted by youths who were wearing sweat-tops with their hoods up and subjected to a torrent of verbal abuse followed by a barrage of muck and stones thrown by the group.

The incident provoked strong reaction on social media and is the latest in a string of experiences reported by residents in areas across the town.

 

In recent months there have been reports of increasingly destructive behaviour by young people in the town centre as well as the wider Ballycolman and Lisnafin Park areas with reports of homes being pelted with stones, eggs and muck as well as the verbal abuse and harassment of residents.

An appeal has now been made to youths involved in any of the behaviour to desist from their actions whilst the wider community and parents have also been asked to play their part.

For its part, the PSNI has given a commitment to increasing its visibility and patrols around the town in a bid to deter the culprits.

 

The service defines anti-social behaviour as "a vast range of problematic and troublesome behaviours that impact on quality of life". It is its most commonly reported crime.

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