Brownlow Neighbourhood Policing Team are asking the local community to help them tackle antisocial behaviour.
The request follows a number of recent incidents in the Tullygally area where roads have been blocked. On Sunday, 22 June, police received a report of a tree blocking the Tullygally Road around 8.44pm.
A similar report was received on Monday, 23 June, around 6.55pm when glass and branches were pulled across the road by a number of youths, causing vehicles to take diversionary actions.
On Tuesday, 24 June, a NIFRS vehicle was attacked by youths throwing stones when they attended a report of grass fires in Aldervale. NIFRS were extinguishing the fire when a group of up to 20 people threw bricks at the appliance, causing damage to the bodywork and wing mirror.
Sergeant Alwyn Peters, Brownlow NPT, said: “There is absolutely no excuse for an attack on emergency services who are there specifically for the purpose of providing help and assistance to the local community.”
“We believe that these incidents are an attempt to draw emergency services into the area so that they can be attacked and at the same time cause needless risk and inconvenience to the motorist.”
“No one in the community wants to see a return to previous years when fear of attack resulted in loss of services to the area or see young people receiving a criminal record. I am asking everyone with influence in the community to work to ensure that young people realise the consequences of becoming involved in this type of activity and that they understand the affect they are having on the quality of life of those who live there. We appreciate the support the community have already provided us with and I am asking anyone who notices activity of this nature to contact police straight away on the 101 non-emergency number.”
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