Police officers came under fire from youths throwing missiles as Hallowe’en celebrations turned ugly in Dungannon, it has been claimed.
Residents of Drumcoo Green say their neighbourhood became a focal point for mayhem, with reports of kids as young as 10 falling down drunk.
Some are now calling for the bonfire at Drumcoo Green - which has been an annual celebration for 30 years - to be banned.
“This year saw the biggest gathering the Green has ever had to contend with as people came from Donaghmore, Coalisland and even Cookstown. The majority of the gathering were young people who came laden with alcohol,” the residents said in a statement.
“What should have been the usual gathering where people return home after the bonfire dies down became an all-night party where children as young as 10 years were seen falling about drunk and a girl of approximately 14 years of age was taken away by ambulance from overconsumption of alcohol.
“In the end residents locked themselves indoors fearing for their safety but many especially the elderly and children found it very difficult to get any sleep as the young people partied until the early hours of Sunday morning.”
In the end residents locked themselves indoors fearing for their safety but many especially the elderly and children found it very difficult to get any sleepDrumcoo Residents
The statement continued: “Some residents feel the Council along with the Housing Executive and Police need to put regulations in place where bonfires in residential areas are concerned in order to curb the juvenile behaviour such as bonfire height restrictions. While others feel parents need to take more responsibility for their children and play a more active role.
“A few feel the only option is to ban the bonfire completely which some see as a drastic action to a tradition that has brought years of enjoyment to residents of the White City.”