The new graffiti wall unveiled in the Flying Horse Estate, Downpatrick

A new graffiti wall was unveiled in the Flying Horse Estate, Downpatrick on Saturday 20 May 2017.

The area, which has been subject to graffiti in the past has had a complete makeover by local young people from the Ballymote estates under the guidance of local artist Pierce Crane.

Members from the Flying Horse Ward Forum were also involved and oversaw the makeover. The project has been funded by the Newry, Mourne and Down Policing and Community Safety Partnership (PCSP) and is part of an on-going plan for the area.

Agencies including the Northern Ireland Housing Executive (NIHE), Policing Service Northern Ireland (PSNI), Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service (NIFRS), Education Authority, County Down Rural Community Network, YMCA, local Councillors and the Flying Horse Forum meet on a regular basis to discuss and address the on-going anti-social behaviour in the area.

The new graffiti wall unveiled in the Flying Horse Estate, Downpatrick

Intervention programmes such as primary school fire safety programmes, post-primary school talks on anti-social behaviour and crime prevention talks have taken place under the Action Plan.

As well as the mural, residents from the area also enjoyed activities such as face painting, balloon modelling, bouncy castles and laser tag. They also got the opportunity to speak to representatives from the PSNI, NIFRS and Newry, Mourne and Down District Council’s Home and Accident Prevention Team offered advice on Home Security and Fire Prevention.

PCSP Vice-Chairperson, Mr Dan McEvoy said, “I would like to thank all the agencies and community groups who have been working together tirelessly behind the scenes over the last year to try and alleviate some of the issues within the area. Today has been an opportunity for the community to come together and celebrate some of the positive programmes taking place in the area.”

For more information contact your local PCSP on 0300 013 2233 or email pcsp@nmandd.org.