Parents encouraged to ask themselves: ‘Where Is Your Child Tonight?’

Tuesday, 4 July 2017

A MAJOR community safety initiative has been launched in South Down.

'Where Is Your Child Tonight?' is an initiative which includes Translink and the Newry, Mourne and Down Policing and Community Safety Partnership aimed at tackling anti-social behaviour in areas of Newry and Downpatrick.

In both Ballymote in Downpatrick and Carnagat in Newry stone and bottle throwing has blighted life for local tenants and those passing these areas in motor vehicles.

As part of the project, 15,000 fliers will be delivered door-to-door, while 750 posters will be displayed across each area, raising awareness of the dangers of anti-social behaviour.

The project is being supported by the Housing Executive and their South Regional Manager, Comghal McQuillan, said; "We are committed to building stronger communities and we always strive to make people's lives better.

"It's unfortunate that anti-social behaviour is an aspect of life in some areas, but with positive action and engagement with local parents, we can help steer young people in our community along a better path."

Denise Conlon, Community Safety Manager at the Housing Executive, said; "We are investing in this project to get the message across - know where your child is, what they are doing and what company they are keeping."

Harry Harvey, Chairman of the Newry, Mourne and Down Policing and Community Safety Partnership, said; "Anti-social behaviour can lead to criminal convictions which have devastating effects on a young people's future prospects.

"Good parental supervision can stop this and other activities often associated with alcohol and drug abuse.

"It's very important that local parents ask themselves everyday 'Where is my child tonight'?"

Paula Mc Guigan from Carnagat, said; "Stone throwing has been a very serious and dangerous issue in this area and the message needs to be sent that anti-social behaviour is not acceptable."

Lisa Perry from the Flying Horse Ward Community Forum, said; "We're always keen to reduce anti-social behaviour in Ballymote and this initiative is an excellent way of bringing the issue to the attention of local parents."

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