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Concern remains over ‘scourge’ of anti-social behaviour in Newtownstewart

Thursday, 12 July 2018

SINN Féin has welcomed a committment from the PSNI to increase its presence in Newtownstewart in response to continuing concerns over anti-social behaviour.

The move comes in the wake of a reported escalation in incidents of crime involving burglaries, thefts, assault and drugs in the town in recent months.
The increasing criminality has been blamed on a "new criminal element" having moved into the town in recent months.
More recently, the Housing Executive confirmed that it has suspended the temporary allocation of housing in the town in a bid to resolve the situation.
The move, which will last for two years, was agreed at a recent public meeting between concerned residents and statutory agencies.
In a further measure, local police officers have agreed to up patrols in the town in a bid to deter any disorder.
West Tyrone MP., Órfhlaith Begley, met with the PSNI regarding the issue and has welcomed the committment.
"Following a multi-agency meeting in respect of the upsurge of anti-social behaviour in Newtownstewart I met with the PSNI to question what action they have taken since this meeting. I was advised that they have increased their presence in the area and as a result have made a subsequent arrest," she said.
She added that while she welcomed the increased visibility of police in Newtownstewart there was still a feeling among residents that they continued to be exposed to criminality.
"There appears to be a small element that engage in dangerous anti-social behaviour against the local community.
"Sinn Féin will continue to work with the statutory bodies in an effort to collectively tackle the scourge of anti-social behaviour," she said.

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