Councillor Mellon said: “Over the past two weeks we have seen a rise in young people gathering on the streets and being involved under age drinking, throwing fireworks, and fighting.
“We have been working closely with the every agency to help reduce this anti community activity.
“People are already afraid of those breaking restrictions put in place to keep us safe and the added pressure these issues are bringing is not acceptable to anyone.
“We need every sector to work together to provide a safe community that everyone can live in free from fear. And we need to acknowledge what is going on and provide support to our community within the guidelines that allow us.
“Whilst all the sectors and agencies have a responsibility I am also asking for parents to take their responsibility serious too. Please address these issues with us, talk to your children.
“I am not issuing this statement just to highlight the negative anti community behaviours of a small number of people, as those who know me will know i like to address these issues head on and within our community.
“However, given that so much is going on, peoples properties have been damaged and the fear is very real for people; it is important that we all work to see an end to this.
“The local youth staff within the area have been ready to go on street and support the community but at the minute are restricted from doing so.
“We are continuing to support everyone in any way we can to keep each other safe.
“My message is also clear to the young people and others who may be involved; Realise what you are doing, the impact it is having on others and the potential harm you are putting yourself in.”Tags: