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Glengormley antisocial behaviour 'will be tackled'

Police will act to address local residents' concerns over antisocial behaviour in the Glenvarna area of Glengormley, a local politician has said.

North Belfast DUP MP Nigel Dodds welcomed the assurances given by police at a meeting between local officers and north Belfast DUP politicians last week.

Mr Dodds was joined by his party colleagues Paula Bradley MLA and Cllr Audrey Ball at a meeting to discuss the problems caused by antisocial behaviour in the area.

The PSNI's neighbourhood patrol team leader for the area Sergeant Colin Crymble walked around Glenvarna with the politicians to see first hand the areas affected.

Mr Dodds said residents are complaining that issues such as the illegal use of motorbikes on green areas, evidence of substance abuse and the use of alleyways for anti social behaviour are blighting Glenvarna.

Speaking after the meeting Mr Dodds declared the discussions "very useful".

"Over recent weeks many local residents in Glenvarna have contacted me in relation to anti-social behaviour in the area. This site meeting afforded me the opportunity to relay those concerns directly to the police and to highlight the locations of these unwanted incidents," he said.

"I welcome the undertaking from the police that they will have an increased visibility in the area in order to act as a deterrent and to be on the ground if required.

"The police have also noted a number of action points, including alleyways to be blocked up in order to stop their use as a hub for anti-social behaviour.

"Alongside the police and other statutory agencies I will continue to monitor the situation to ensure this unwanted problem in Glenvarna is brought to an end," he added

A PSNI spokesperson said the meeting was been "very constructive" and confirmed officers will be working with the community and others to address issues identified during the discussion.

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