The Northern Ireland Housing Executive has praised the deployment of security fencing around the perimeter of a park in County Down.

Approximately 400 metres of security fencing was erected in the Ballaghbeg Park and Ardkeel Park area of Newcastle.

This was in response to the problem of quad bike riders accessing a flood defence on the land and to prevent youngsters gaining access to the nearby Burren River.

Aidan Brannigan, the local district manager, said: "This new fence will provide a barrier to prevent children from gaining access to the river that flows past this estate.

"Residents have also been troubled by people riding their quad bikes around the adjacent flood-defence area, and I hope that this initiative by the Housing Executive will help to safeguard residents against this type of anti-social behaviour."

David McClure, grounds maintenance manager, explained that the palisade security fencing was installed at a cost of about £25,000. The fence would be complemented by tree planting, he added, to both protect and enhance the environment.ADNFCR-3337-ID-800219915-ADNFCR