Irwin blasts ‘thugs and gangsters’ over spate of burglaries

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Wednesday, December 17th, 2014
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Newry & Armagh DUP MLA William Irwin has condemned those responsible for a spate of recent burglaries in the Altnamackin area of Newtownhamilton as “nothing but thugs and gangsters” preying on easy targets in the run up to Christmas. Speaking after meeting one of the families involved Irwin stated, “In one instance the culprits entered a family home in the middle of the night and removed keys for a jeep which they then stole. “On another occasion a family home was entered during broad daylight, close to a busy road and ransacked before a shotgun was stolen. “In both these cases these were hard working local people who can ill afford to have their homes and property violated in this way and is particularly upsetting for them in the run up to Christmas,” he explained. “I have been continuing to liaise with the PSNI on rural crime issues and I am continuing to press for the need for an increased PSNI presence in the area as a result of these vile crimes. “It was disturbing to note that a knife was recovered at one of the crime scenes and whilst no violence was used in either of these particular cases it would appear that these criminals are prepared to use or threaten violence if necessary. “My message to the people of Altnamackin and wider Newtownhamilton area is to remain vigilant and immediately report anyone or any vehicle that appears suspicious to the PSNI. Irwin added, “If it’s possible to have your home alarmed or with sensor lights or indeed a good guard dog then all of these are useful deterrents to help stop these criminal thugs preying on society.”

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