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Wardens to patrol student area to stop anti-social antics

By Brendan McDaid

Fresher students in Londonderry have been urged to behave themselves and show consideration for residents as they begin their academic life.

The recently-installed Northland Community Safety Wardens have held talks with the latest batch of undergraduates from the North West Regional College to give them tips on being a good neighbour.

The wardens have been busy getting to know those starting their first academic year in a bid to ensure that the year runs smoothly for everyone living within the student area of the city.

The warden scheme aims to address issues of low-level anti-social and nuisance behaviour in the residential area surrounding the Magee campus. The initiative was introduced to act as a deterrent and tackle the fear of crime in the community for both residents and students alike.

Speaking about the success of the scheme, chairwoman of the Derry City Council Community Safety Partnership, councillor Elisha McLaughlin, said: “These wardens provide an essential link between students, residents and statutory agencies regarding environmental and anti-social issues within the locale of the university.

“The Magee campus is situated in the heart of a residential area so every student is part of a close community and the wardens play a key role in building positive relationships, offering advice and support to every member of the community.”

Four community safety wardens patrol the neighbourhoods surrounding the Magee campus from 10pm until 5am from Sunday to Thursday.

A leaflet explaining how the scheme works and offering top tips on being a good neighbour plus giving warden contact details will be distributed to all homes throughout the university area in the coming weeks.

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