Police chief pledges increased patrols in Galgorm this weekend following trouble in area last Saturday

A POLICE chief is pledging to increase patrols at Galgorm this weekend following incidents on Saturday of ‘anti-social behaviour’.

District Commander, Superintendent Michael Simpson, in a message on social media on Monday night, said: “Over the weekend officers were out on patrol focusing on the issues that matter to you. On Saturday evening we were in the Galgorm area responding to reports around anti-social behaviour involving a crowd of young people.

“It was clear that some had been drinking and their behaviour was escalating towards criminal damage. As one of my Neighbourhood officers went to apprehend a young person suspected to have thrown a rock at a passing car, he was assaulted by several other young people. This included having a full beer can thrown at him.

“Fortunately his injuries are not serious but, regardless, we cannot have a situation where officers or any other members come under attack.

“While we appreciate the efforts of some parents to come and collect their children, this behaviour cannot be repeated. Aside from the potential health risks due to the numbers involved, we cannot have young people out under the influence of alcohol and being left in a vulnerable position.

“We are now working to identify the young people involved in the criminal damage and assault and we will take further action. There will be increased patrols again this weekend and we hope this serves as a reminder to all parents and guardians to be more intrusive when it comes to what their children are getting up to in the evenings.”

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