Creggan residents fear over anti-social behaviour

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Media captionToys in the nursery garden were set alight on Sunday night

Residents in the Creggan area of Derry have said they are living in fear because of anti-social behaviour.

They said young people, some as young as 11, are drinking and vandalising properties.

On Friday, a van was destroyed in an arson attack and on Sunday the nursery garden at Holy Child primary school was damaged when toys were set alight.

People in Rinmore Drive have said they are afraid to leave their homes at night.

'Same crowd'

One resident, who did not want to be named, said the situation is getting worse.

"Over the last four or five years we have had 11 bins burnt altogether.

"A couple of weeks ago I was attacked by two people.

"I am angry because we all know who it is and it is the same crowd."

Orla McDonnell, principal of Holy Child Primary school, said it was fortunate no one was injured after the nursery garden was damaged on Sunday night.

"These toys were bought for the new sand house in the nursery. They are now going to have to be replaced.

"This building could have caught fire very easily.

"It feels like an invasion when the school is damaged."

The PSNI defended its policing in the Creggan estate.

Insp Allan Hutton told BBC Radio Foyle that there were challenges when it came to policing parts of the estate, but he dismissed claims that they did not enjoy the public's support in the area.

"We are getting support from the community, but it is something we need more of. We have had great success in recent years," he said.

"Our primary focus is about keeping people safe."

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