The destruction of the hand-rail on the pedestrian bridge over the canal at Buttercrane Centre took several thugs working in unison, swinging, pushing and dragging until it became detached ….
… – and unhindered by any fear of interruption from the PSNI. It is just one symptom of many. This article – and the man who pens it – will come under attack from the self-publicising ‘City Fathers’ as being likely to undermine the authorities, but the truth is, they forsake all responsibility for the City and its inhabitants after dark!
Our town centre at night is abandoned to the drug and alcohol-crazed youth and any wise adult would clearly give it and its frenzied denizens a wide berth!
On my first Saturday night out in months last weekend I alighted quickly from my taxi and ran into my favourite hostelry – but not fast enough to avoid witnessing the systematic destruction of an abandoned
The suburbs too, and indeed the outlying villages are all suffering a huge rise in vandalism, personal attack and weekend drunkenness. From eight pm on Friday the small knots of young teenagers complete with brown paper bag carry-outs set out first to get ‘charged’ in dark corners, before their orgy of free expression.
If, as seems clear, the PSNI is determined to abandon the town centre at night, is it not time to return to high, strong gates at all entrances that can be closed to protect these premises and the public property within?
Only the Club I refer to actually trades there after dark and it has a Mall entrance it could use!
These gates must be located at:
If somebody has a viable alternative to offer, I’d like to hear it.