FAMILIES on a Strabane housing estate are being forced out of their homes at the hands of a gang of under-age drunken thugs.
In what has been described as “a night of terror”, up to 50 yobs descended on Melvin Court on Friday night, attacking cars and damaging property. Nearby, a pensioner cowered in her bed as the vandals ran amok on her home before smashing a set of security gates.
For two couples at Melvin Court, Friday night’s trouble was the last straw. On Monday they began packing up to move out of the area.
One of those preparing to leave is Raymond Arnold. He and his partner Denise Porter have lived there for five years. Their car was damaged on Friday and not for the first time.
“It used to be a nice place to live but this past while there has just been constant bother. Every weekend there is some kind of trouble.
“We have had our bins stolen, taken up to the ramp and burnt, all sorts of things. It’s all the time and we get no peace at all down here.
“There must have been 50 of them on Friday night, running about mad. One of them must have jumped on the bonnet of the car and it has to be replaced. We’ve just had enough and we’re moving out,” Mr Arnold said.
Resident Matt Kelly revealed that his neighbours were also leaving the trouble-riddled estate and that he and his daughter were considering doing the same.
“The bother has been going on for over a year but Friday took the biscuit altogether. There wasn’t a resident on this estate who got a wink of sleep.”