Information sought over Old Warrenpoint Road bus attacks

Declan McAteer Posted by
declan@newrytimes.com
Wednesday, February 1st, 2012
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Police in Newry are appealing for information after the window of a bus was broken on the Old Warrenpoint Road area of the city. Police are reporting that at around 7.40pm on Monday 9th January, a group of youths gathered close to the graveyard in the area and threw stones at the bus and smashed a side window. Newry Times reported last month that Warrenpoint Road buses were in jeopardy. Sinn Fein councillor Brendan Curran spoke to Newry Times at the time about his concern, “Translink contacted the Sinn Féin office regarding the number of stone throwing incidents at St Mary’s Graveyard on the Warrenpoint Road and local PSNI officers have also been involved in trying to stop this.” Curran continued, “Representatives from Translink and the PSNI met with myself last week (Thursday 12th January) to discuss ways to stop this type of anti social behaviour. Unfortunately, it is a small number of young people who are doing this and putting other people’s services at risk. I have urged Translink not to restrict services along this route but I am also mindful that bus drivers and other passengers are being placed at risk by travelling along this route after dark.” “This is a busy stretch of road and throwing stones at the bus could cause the bus driver could lose control of the vehicle resulting in a serious accident. My message to the young people is ‘Please, stop attacking buses which provide a community service to many many people’. I would also urge parents to ensure they know that their children are not engaging in this behaviour which puts innocent people’s lives at risk so needlessly,” the Sinn Fein Councillor added. Police are appealing to anyone who witnessed or has information related to this or any related incident in the area, to contact them on 0845 600 8000.

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