Glengormley Trouble Slammed

Councillors in a suburban area of Co Antrim have joined forces to call for an end to sectarian incidents.

Five cars were daubed with paint in Glebe Road, off Carnmoney Road last Friday, and this week, Newtownabbey DUP Alderman Nigel Hamilton (pictured) and SDLP Councillor Noreen McClelland have both called for the ongoing anti-social and criminal behaviour to stop.

Police said it happened around 4.40am on Friday morning and also led to the road and walls being damaged with sectarian graffiti.

Pro-IRA slogans were painted on the vehicles, a number of walls and the road itself.

"Residents are understandably frustrated that the 'recreational rioting' and sectarian coat-trailing that has been going on in this area for months hasn't been dealt with," Mr Hamilton told this week's Newtownabbey Times.

"The patience of residents is being stretched to the limit and they are fearful that this latest example of hooliganism will lead to reprisals by others.

"I believe it is now time to take this to higher authority and as a member of the District Policing Partnership I will be urging the DPP to take residents' concerns about adequate police protection to the Policing Board," he added.

SDLP Councillor McClelland condemned Friday's graffiti attack and called on parents to do their bit to help put a stop to trouble in the area.
News Image
"Local residents are fed up with these destructive kind of incidents and the ongoing anti-social behaviour.

"I feel for those who yet again have been the victims of hooligans who seem to have no respect for people or their property," she commented.

DPP Vice-Chairman Michael McBrien added: "This latest episode must tear the heart out of the local people who simply want to live in peace and quiet. I would once again ask for parents to help by making sure their kids are not involved."

The PSNI are active however. In a separate incident on Monday evening two youths were arrested by police after being caught painting sectarian graffiti on property at O'Neill Road.

The boys, aged 15 and 17, were later released pending reports to the Youth Diversion Officer.

Glebe Road is not the only part of the residential area to be hit.

People living in the vicinity of the Beverley shops have complained to police and politicians about the behaviour of some of the youths and the noise they are causing, often into the early hours of the morning.

The PSNI confirmed that they have received a number of complaints regarding ongoing problems in the area.

Indeed, they revealed that during one incident on August 17, police officers arrested a female for disorderly behaviour and aggravated assault.

See: Other NI News In Brief (Glengormley Cars Attacked)


Related Northern Ireland News Stories
Click here for the latest headlines.

19 September 2018
Up To 100 Roads Closed As Storm Ali Hits NI
A growing number of roads across Northern Ireland are closed due to adverse weather conditions as a result of Storm Ali.
17 February 2020
Church Attack A Sectarian Hate Crime- PSNI
Criminal damage caused to a Catholic Church in Larne, Co Antrim is being investigated as a sectarian hate crime, police have confirmed. The place of worship in the Agnew Street area of the town was targeted at around 11am on Sunday morning, 16 February. It's understood a paint ball was thrown at the wall of the church.
02 March 2018
Schools Closures Across NI
The Department of Education have published a list of all schools across that have confirmed they will be closed today, Friday 2nd March, 2018 due to the adverse weather conditions.
20 September 2018
Number Of Roads Remain Closed Following Storm Ali
A number of roads remain closed across Northern Ireland following the damage caused by Storm Ali. The following roads are still closed, however the Department for Infrastructure (DfI) is working to clear the obstructions along with its multiagency partners.
13 April 2005
Girlfriend of security guard taken hostage during robbery
Police have released further details following Tuesday’s armed robbery of a security firm in the outskirts of Belfast.