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'Out of control' thugs target supermarket in Londonderry ram raid

By Donna Deeney

Residents in the Galliagh area of Londonderry have hit out at anti-social behaviour which culminated in a ram-raid attack on the local supermarket.

A haul of cigarettes were stolen from the Spar shop after thieves crashed a car through the metal shutters to gain entry in the early hours of Sunday morning.

The shop has since reopened and CCTV images from around the building has been passed to the PSNI.

People coming in and out of the shop were angry at this latest robbery, among them Margaret McGaughy, who said: "The carry-on in this place over the weekend was awful.

"I am an old age pensioner and I can't get out of my front door once it gets dark because I am afraid.

"Having this shop here is so handy for me and I would be lost without it because there isn't another one near.

"These wee thugs are out of their skulls on drugs and drink and they don't care what they do or who they hurt.

"It is a good job no one was in the shop when they did that, because they would have been killed."

Sinn Fein Councillor Sandra Duffy said the anti-social behaviour needs a multi-agency solution.

She said: "The people in the Galliagh community are angry at this anti-community behaviour from a large group of young people roaming through the area.

"This activity must be challenged and addressed; while it is a policing issue it is also wider than this.

"The community can't continue to suffer as young people think they can do whatever they want without consequence.

"I will be addressing this through our community structures and will look for a multi agency response and solution."

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