Vandals throw flower pot through old folks’ home window

Foyleville Day Centre, Academy Road. DER1515MC087
Foyleville Day Centre, Academy Road. DER1515MC087

Vandals threw a flower pot through the window of an old people’s home and damaged the fence of a nursery in an anti-social rampage in Londonderry on Wednesday, May 11.

Police are appealing for information following a number of anti-social behaviour and criminal damage incidents at buildings in the Academy Road area.

Sometime between 5pm and 10pm on Wednesday, May 11, a flower pot was thrown through the window of a day centre and slates were taken off a roof.

On the same night a fence was damaged at a nursery and just before 9pm police attended the report of youths on the roof of a nursing home. When police attended the youths, who were both male and female, made off on foot.

Then sometime between the evening of Wednesday, May 11 and the morning of Thursday, May 12, sheeting was removed from the day centre.

In a statement the PSNI warned that the young people involved were endangering themselves and leaving themselves at risk of being convicted as criminals.

“Firstly, this is dangerous behaviour. Being on a roof without knowing what you are doing or without taking proper safety precautions could result in someone being seriously injured or worse.

“Police would urge parents and guardians to make sure they know where there children are, what they are doing and to talk to them about the danger of getting caught up in this type of activity and the possible outcomes they could face if they are found committing any offence,” the PSNI stated.

“Young people should also be reminded of the consequences of their actions when they get involved in this type of behaviour.

“What might seem like fooling about can often result in a criminal record which can affect travel, education and employment opportunities in the future.

“Anyone who sees any anti-social behaviour in their area is asked to please report it, or any sort of criminal activity, to your local police station on the non-emergency number 101.

“ Alternatively information can be provided anonymously through the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111,” the force added.