PSNI response to Twinbrook anti-social behaviour an abject failure
Sinn Féin MLA for the Colin Area in West Belfast, Jennifer McCann, has branded the response of the PSNI to anti social behaviour in the Twinbrook area last night as an abject failure.
Speaking today Ms McCann said:
“The response to the anti social behaviour in Twinbrook on Saturday night by the PSNI can only be described as an abject failure.
“Over 200 youths gathered at the old site of the Brook Lodge drinking alcohol, burning bins and blocking roads. The premises itself was set on fire and a number of residents had to be moved due to the closeness of this fire to their homes.
“Obviously this has left residents distressed and angry.
“At one time there were two fire engines, three ambulances and eight PSNI vehicles at the scene yet the PSNI refused to deal with the crowd responsible.
“This is unacceptable. The PSNI need to afford residents a right to live free from this harassment and do their job.
“While voluntary organisations such as the Colin Neighbourhood Safety Partnership were on the ground to do what they could it is not their responsibility to police the situation.
“That is the job of the PSNI.
“These groups have in previous weeks informed the PSNI of the escalating situation in the area and had requested the PSNI put a plan of action in to address the situation. This obviously has not happened.
“Sinn Féin will be meeting with senior PSNI representatives in the early part of this week to outline our serious concerns and calling for more to be done.
“The scenes witnessed on Saturday night cannot be allowed to happen again.”