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Council to be pressed on CCTV in bid to combat drink and drug use at Recreation Centre

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Council will be pressed on installing hi-resolution CCTV in a bid to combat anti-social behaviour at Richhill Recreation Centre.

There have been numerous reports of underage drinkers and drug use in the area, both during and after working hours.

DUP councillor for the area, Alderman Gareth Wilson said he had a “useful” meeting with police on Friday about the various issues around the Centre.

He said he has received a number of reports from users who feel intimated using the park.

“This is totally unacceptable in any village and the PSNI’s local neighbourhood Policing teams have this on their radars now,” said councillor Wilson.

“New resources for local policing will be coming to the district with an extra 6 officers to compliment the existing team.

“Thanks to the public for their vigilance and the Rec Centre staff for their proactivity on this issue.

“A specialist outreach/engagement youth worker will also be attempting to engage with young people which will be important work.

“I will also be pressing council for hi-res CCTV for the park to be able to identify anyone engaging in anti-social behaviour.”

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