‘Our young people will be taken away and kneecapped’: Fears of vigilantism as drugs problem sweeps through Coalisland26th March 2012 | By: brendan64 | 6 Comments »
Residents in Coalisland fear neighbourhoods could resort to “vigilantism” if the town’s growing drugs problem is not tackled soon.
The concerns come as residents plan to hold a further meeting this week to discuss how to tackle drugs in the town.
Homeowners have expressed fears that public organisations and authorities in place to target drugs issues have failed to make any progress.
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One concerned parent said: “I don’t want vigilantes – young people being taken away and kneecapped.”
She added: “Everybody’s fed up that there’s no response. Everybody’s talking but there are no answers to what’s going on. The authorities out there don’t seem to be working.
“There is supposed to be help out there for people but it’s not working – that’s the bottom line.”
Concerns over the town’s problems with drugs have grown over recent weeks following several newspaper reports.
One Coalisland mother told the Tyrone Times how her desperate 14-year-old boy stole from her and dealt drugs to other children in order to feed his addiction.
Last Thursday, Claire Carleton from leading young people’s charity Opportunity Youth, spoke to residents at a public meeting in the Cornmill aimed at tackling the community’s drugs issues.
Sinn Féin councillor Padraig Quinn, said it was the “first step in a campaign to tackle the scourge of drugs”.
Speaking to the Tyrone Times, he said: “To have a successful campaign on any issue it requires participation from the community.”
The latest meeting on tackling drugs in the town will be held in St Patrick’s Hall, Barrack Street, on Friday March 30 at 7pm