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Residents considering leaving homes over anti-social behaviour

Hunter Cresent, Omagh, where anti-social behaviour has been reported. MC 12

Hunter Cresent, Omagh, where anti-social behaviour has been reported. MC 12

A RESIDENT of an Omagh housing estate has warned that some of his neighbours are considering leaving the area over persistent and targeted anti-social behaviour.

A number of homes in Hunters Crescent, in the Derry Road area of the town, have reported being regularly targeted by egg throwing and other forms of anti-social behaviour.

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It’s understood that similar incidents were reported last year. Intervention by police and local elected representatives helped reduce the problem, but a local resident who spoke to the UH said the anti-social behaviour has flared up once again.

The man, who wishes to remain anonymous, said he believed adult residents of the area are behind the attacks.

“Leaflets were distributed and then it all stopped,” he said. “But over the past six months it has all started up again.”

Along with his own house, the man said a number of his neighbours have been targeted on a weekly basis, waking up to find their windows and front facades covered in food.

“One of my neighbours had just recently re-decorated their house. They got up on Sunday morning and they could hardly see out their windows with the eggs,” he said.

“It needs to stop, these people were in tears and they are talking about leaving the area. A lot of people are afraid to speak out,” he added.

Omagh Town councillor Martin McColgan, who previously helped residents address problems in Hunters Crescent has called on the culprits to cease the anti-social behaviour.

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“This has caused a lot of annoyance and expense for the people involved to try and get it cleaned up,” he said.

“I previously worked with the community to stop this type of behaviour before and I will be making representations again in the hope of finding a solution.”

In a statement, the PSNI said it is aware of the reports surrounding anti-social behaviour in Hunters Crescent.

“Anti-social behaviour can have an adverse effect on the quality of life for many in our community,” said a police spokesperson.

“We would encourage residents to report incidents of antisocial behaviour to us as they occur in a bid to help prevent and detect any crime.

“Anyone with any information about such incidents is asked to contact Police on the 101 number.”

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