“ My life is about to become unbearable ”
An elderly man from Omagh says his life is on the verge of becoming ‘unbearable’ due to an escalation of anti-social behavior outside his home.
Desmond Preston and other residents of Lisanelly Avenue near Grange Park are increasingly enraged by the incidents happening late at night in the parking lot near their home.
The issue was raised at this week’s Fermanagh and Omagh District Council meeting when Sinn Fein’s Barry McElduff called for an interagency approach to find a solution to the problems faced by people living in the area.
He told the meeting that what the residents were going through amounted to “bullying and harassment.”
Speaking to UH, Desmond Preston said that while anti-social behavior has been around for some time, it has now become “ unbearable ”.
“I just reached the end of my rope,” he revealed.
“I find late evenings, especially a Friday or Saturday, particularly difficult.
“Motorists enter the parking lot near my house, they run their engines loudly, which wakes me and my neighbors.
“It could last until 2 am or 3 am. The garbage they leave behind is terrible, and the hedge adjacent to my house is used as a toilet.
Mr. Preston wants council to erect a barrier in the parking lot.
“Something has to be done because people like me are paying the price. We live in a quiet dead end, but our lives are tormented by these people.
Mr. McElduff presented a list of complaints he has received from local residents: “The speed of cars, despicable behavior, including threats, slurs, abusive language and gestures directed at residents and onlookers, urinating in the public parking lot, general bullying and even drug trafficking have taken place here in recent weeks, ”he said.
“I am not pointing fingers at all who gather or meet in cars at this location, but the problem is of such magnitude and frequency now that words of condemnation must be replaced by interagency action.
“Everyone has the right to enjoy the pleasure of their place and their home without interference or harassment.”
A spokesperson for PSNI said they were aware of concerns about anti-social behavior in the region.
“I want to reassure the local community that we take this very seriously. We are committed to working for a solution and welcome any information from the public and local elected officials to inform what we are doing, ”said Inspector Darryl Johnston.
PSNI said it continues to work alongside partner agencies, local representatives and the community to find collaborative and proactive solutions to address the issue.
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Posted: 4:00 PM May 8, 2021