Dartmouth neighbourhood anxious after swarmings
In both attacks the victims were beaten and robbed
People living in a Dartmouth community are on edge after a second swarming this month in the same area near Victoria Road.
Early Sunday morning, a group of five people were walking through Mount Hermon Cemetery when a group of up to 20 young men attacked them, sending one man to hospital.
Two weeks before that, a Dartmouth cyclist was attacked by a group of six young people near Saint Peter's Cemetery, just up Victoria Road.
In both cases, the victims were beaten and robbed.
Joyce Simard lives across the street from Mount Hermon Cemetery.
"Well I feel that the neighbourhood isn't safe anymore," she said.
She said she hardly leaves her house at night.
"You feel more or less like a prisoner but I try to keep it out my mind and keep the doors locked."
Police have not said whether they believe the two incidents are related. The victims in both cases described the attackers as between 15 and 20-years-old.
Coun. Gloria McCluskey said her district needs more patrols and youth programs.
"I am forever talking about getting more young people involved," she said.
"Because if young people can't belong to anything they will find something to belong to."
Isaiah Dorrington lives in the neighbourhood. He said it’s common to see groups of young people hanging out during the summer months.
"For some people it's just for the enjoyment of getting out the house and doing something," he said."There are some people, they have very little, so if they want it they're most likely going to take it."