Local community worker Seamus Davis has said the Springfarm estate was left like a scene from battle-scarred Beirut following a weekend of trouble.
Houses were broken into, cars had their windows smashed and tyres slashed and a petrol bomb was thrown at one property.
Mr Davis, Chair of Springfarm Community Association, described those responsible as “like a cancer on our backs” and urged local people to come forward and speak to police in a bid to bring the culprits to justice.
He added: “The PSNI can only do so much and they need people to come forward with names of those responsible.”
Mr Davis said the weekend trouble included a break-in at the home of a disabled person, with the culprits stealing the victim’s walking stick.
“Thank goodness they were asleep as I dread to think what may have happened,” he added.
Mr Davis, who has lived in the Springfarm estate for 30 years, has seen the estate blossom over the years, overcoming previous troubles to become a model ‘shared estate’ as a home to Protestant, Catholic and ethnic minorities.
“Springfarm has always been a great place to live and yes, it’s had its troubles in the past, but as a community we overcame them,” Mr Davis said.
He added: “But things have got totally out of hand again and as a community we have to stand united against these elements.
“Over the weekend, it got ot of hand; it was like something out of Beirut.”
Mr Davis said all the statutory agencies were doing everything to try and deal with issues in the Springfarm area and now the community must play its part in reporting any information to the police.
“There are really good people in Springfarm and my fear is that they are all going to start moving out; if that continued the estate would end up like the Sahara,” Mr Davis added.
He continued: “I know people are scared, I know the likes of our senior citizens and young single mothers are living in fear.
“But they have to help us take the estate back, we all have to do our part before someone is killed.”
Police confirmed there had been a number of incidents and are appealing for information.
Shortly before 2.30am on Monday morning a black bin had been set on fire in front of a residential property in the Barra Street area of Springfarm, Antrim. NIFRS were in attendance. No one was injured during this incident.
Police also received a report at approximately 2.45am that a Renault Clio car was on fire in the Tiree Street area of Antrim.
At approximately 2.55am, police received a report that a car was on fire in the Mull Road area of Springfarm area of Antrim. NIFRS were also in attendance.
At approximately 3.15am, police received a report that the window of a van had been broken in the Barra Street area of Antrim.
Sometime between 3am and 3.30am, a house was entered in the Mull Road area of Antrim and a number of items stolen, including a mobile phone and laptop.
At approximately 8.30am, police received a report that the rear window of a car had been broken outside a house in the Argyll Street area of Antrim.
At approximately 10am on Monday, police received a report that a tyre on a car which was parked in the Mull Road area of Springfarm had been slashed.
And at approximately 10.25am on Monday, police received a report that a window had been broken in a house in the Mull Road area of Antrim. No one was injured during this incident.
Police arrested two males aged 17 and 15 on suspicion of an aggravated burglary in the Stiles Way area of Antrim.
A PSNI spokesperson said: “Police in Antrim have been working closely in a multi agency forum with our partner agencies in an effort to address anti social behaviour, criminality and the concerns from the local community.
“Police will continue to work closely with Community Representatives and the local community to address their concerns.”
Anyone who can help police with their enquiries is asked to phone police on 0845 600 8000. Or, if someone would prefer to provide information without giving their details, they can contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”