Lisburn councillors have hit out after ‘horrific and frightening’ incident

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Lisburn councillors have hit out after an “horrific and frightening” incident erupted on a city street.

The incident, which reportedly occurred in Lisburn’s Grand Street/Grove Street area, sparked an angry response from councillors at a Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council meeting.

Triangle Housing Association has said it is “aware of alleged incidents of anti-social behaviour at our new social housing scheme at Grand Street, Lisburn”.

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The PSNI said: “Police in Lisburn have charged a man with disorderly behaviour following a report of a disturbance in the Grand/ Grove Street area of the city on Monday evening, May 27.

Councillors expressed serious concerns following an incident in the Grand Street area of the city. Pic credit: Jessica BlackCouncillors expressed serious concerns following an incident in the Grand Street area of the city. Pic credit: Jessica Black
Councillors expressed serious concerns following an incident in the Grand Street area of the city. Pic credit: Jessica Black

“The man, aged 56, is expected to appear at Lisburn Magistrates Court on June 24. As is usual procedure, all charges will be reviewed by the Public Prosecution Service.

“Two men, aged 31 and 34, were also arrested in connection with the incident, on suspicion of offences including possession of an offensive weapon in a public place, common assault, threats to kill, and possessing article with blade or point in a public place. They have since been released on bail to allow for further police enquiries.”

Cllr Jonathan Craig said that a “major fight developed, weapons were used and horrified residents had to witness all of this taking place in the street, which was dreadful”.

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Independent Cllr Gary Hynds said the trouble “escalated within an hour or two and I was at the scene last night for a couple of hours”.

He added: “We were speaking to neighbours, trying to help and reassure them. There was probably anything between 100 to 200 neighbours out at that stage. The current review into the likes of intimidation points and how they are allocated needs to sort this issue out, in my opinion. The area has historically been a close knit community, family community with children growing up in it and I am very, very angry and frustrated and share that anger and frustration with my neighbours.

“Certain behaviour and individuals are not welcome in my community, not now and will never be as long as I represent it.”

Cllr Pat Catney added: “It was frightening. I found a lot of young children down there, young mums and dads, and it is not something that I would have thought possible in that community. It is a settled community.”The Local Democracy Reporting Service (LDRS) contacted Triangle Housing Association for comment. A spokesperson stated: “Triangle Housing Association is aware of alleged incidents of anti-social behaviour at our new social housing scheme at Grand Street, Lisburn. These homes were allocated in line with the requirements of the NI Housing Selection Scheme, which provides a single gateway into social housing, whether owned and managed by the Housing Executive or any Housing Association in Northern Ireland.

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“Senior staff from the association have been liaising with local councillors and community representatives, alongside the PSNI to investigate the matter and will take action to address any breaches of tenancy agreements, in line with our anti-social behaviour policy.

“The association would like to thank those councillors who have made contact and assisted us thus far.

"We look forward to working with all elected representatives and stakeholders in a positive and productive way to improve local community safety and ensure the success of our new social housing scheme.”