Local man speaks of disgust at car ‘keying’ incident

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Friday, November 16th, 2012
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A local man has spoken to Newry Times of his disgust and outrage after finding his car vandalized.

The Newry man’s car was scratched all over

Neil Finnegan (21), from the Greenfield Park area of the city was attending a course in the Southern Regional College on Monday 12th November and parked his car at the end of the street in James Connolly Park beside the Newry campus. Explaining the incident, Neil said, “It happened between 11am and 2pm, so it was a very short window for this to happen. I have no idea why my car was targeted.

Neil Finnegan said the damage will cost thousands to repair

Significant damage was caused to his car in the incident and Neil insists his insurance will not cover it. He continued, “There is deep scratches to every panel apart from the bonnet and boot lid. I’m third party fire and theft so it will all be out of my own pocket.” Because of the nature of the damage, Neil believes he will be out thousands trying to get his car repaired. “The scratches are too deep to be buffed out, so this means the car would need a complete respray, for a decent job that will cost me at least £1200.” Appealing for witnesses to come forward to try and bring those responsible to justice, he continued, “I’ve not contacted the PSNI on this occasion as there are no cameras on the street. I’d hope that if anybody seen it, that they would come forward.”

The damage caused to Neil’s car

“I’m absolutely gutted. I only just bought the car 3 weeks ago after saving for ages.” With Christmas just weeks away, the 21 year old says it is going to be difficult to cough up the money to have his car repaired. He added, “I find it disgusting that somebody would do this in the run up to Christmas. It isn’t something I will be able to afford to fix any time soon. “It also wouldn’t be the first time one of my cars has been vandalized; last year my old car had the windscreen smashed and my headlight stolen.” Newry & Armagh DUP Assemblyman Cllr. William Irwin MLA condemned those responsible for the vandalism. “This a ridiculous attack on a person’s vehicle and when you see the damage it will be very costly to repair. “It is difficult enough to maintain a vehicle with the cost of taxation, fuel and of course MOT’ing without this type of vandalism occurring.”
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