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Major anti-social behaviour initiative launched

Published: Thur, 6 Jul 2017
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Our staff join community and police representatives at the launch of a new South Down anti-social behaviour awareness raising campaign, Where is your child tonight?
Where is your child tonight?
A major community safety initiative, supported by us, has been launched in South Down
Where is your child tonight? is an initiative which includes Translink and the Newry, Mourne and Down Policing and Community Safety Partnership aimed at tackling anti-social behaviour in areas of Newry and Downpatrick.
In both Ballymote in Downpatrick and Carnagat in Newry stone and bottle throwing has blighted life for local tenants and those passing these areas in motor vehicles.
As part of the project, 15,000 fliers will be delivered door-to-door, while 750 posters will be displayed across each area, raising awareness of the dangers of anti-social behaviour.
Comghal McQuillan, our South Regional Manager, said:
“We are committed to building stronger communities and we always strive to make people’s lives better.
“It’s unfortunate that anti-social behaviour is an aspect of life in some areas, but with positive action and engagement with local parents, we can help steer young people in our community along a better path.”
Denise Conlon, our Community Safety Manager said:
“We are investing in this project to get the message across - know where your child is, what they are doing and what company they are keeping.”
Harry Harvey, Chairman of the Newry, Mourne and Down Policing and Community Safety Partnership, said:
“Anti-social behaviour can lead to criminal convictions which have devastating effects on a young people’s future prospects.
“Good parental supervision can stop this and other activities often associated with alcohol and drug abuse.
“It’s very important that local parents ask themselves everyday ‘Where is my child tonight’?”
Paula McGuigan from Carnagat, said:
“Stone throwing has been a very serious and dangerous issue in this area and the message needs to be sent that anti-social behaviour is not acceptable.”
Lisa Perry from the Flying Horse Ward Community Forum, said:
“We’re always keen to reduce anti-social behaviour in Ballymote and this initiative is an excellent way of bringing the issue to the attention of local parents.”