Rosemount residents 'at breaking point' over anti-social behaviour

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People in the Rosemount area of Londonderry have said they are at breaking point over anti-social behaviour in the area.

Some residents took to the streets on Saturday as part of a demonstration to highlight the problem.

In a separate incident, later that night, police were called to Lower Nassau Street over reports of groups of people drinking on the street.

A 50-year-old man was arrested and later released on bail.

The demonstration came as police in Foyle announced that they have seen the biggest decrease in reported incidents of anti-social behaviour in Northern Ireland.

'Verbal Abuse'

But Rosemount residents said their problems are only getting worse and they are are terrorised in their own homes.

One woman, who did not want to be named, has lived on Lower Nassau street for 10 years and she told BBC Radio Foyle that she would consider leaving, if she could.

"The youths that are gathering this year are more aggressive and more violent. It is constant verbal abuse.

"They have been urinating on the street and there is lewd behaviour between teenage couples in broad daylight.

"If you even ask them politely to move on your insulted and threatened," she said.

"I have considered moving and I am in hope that I will move."

Tommy McCourt, who is the manager of the Rosemount Resource Centre, told BBC Radio Foyle that youth workers have been in the area with residents on a nightly basis.

"It has got so bad that residents are at their wits end.

"It was suggested that we try to do what we had done further up in the area, which was to have more of a presence of residents on the streets.

"This kind of behaviour is not acceptable."

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