Images have emerged on social media of a heroin needle which was found by a young girl outside her grandparents’ home in Meelick Park in Ballyvolane, close to the green area known as Kempton Park.
The needle had been wrapped in tinfoil along with other drug paraphernalia.
A local resident, who declined to be named over fears of being targeted by the gangs, said drug-taking and anti-social behaviour by groups coming from outside the area is a daily occurrence.
“People are living in fear because of all that is going on inside the park. One man had people dancing on top of his new car at 3am in the morning,” the resident said.
“People living in the estate are absolutely wrecked by this. There is drugs paraphernalia here all the time. There is tinfoil burnt and small plastic bags around the park.
“The gangs can be there up to 7am having parties in the park. They can be 70-strong so we can’t go out. Only a few weeks ago there was a fight outside my house.”