Newry incident linked to ‘cross-border crime gang’

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Wednesday, February 25th, 2015
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Newry Councillor Charlie Casey has confirmed the operation of a cross-border crime gang in the area after it was revealed that material found on the roadside in the Meadow had been stolen in a robbery in County Louth.

Sinn Féin’s Charlie Casey

The Sinn Féin Councillor told Newry Times, “Recently police were advised of materials found abandoned on the road in the Meadow Estate. It is believed that the materials were from a recent robbery in County Louth. “A few weeks ago a car was dumped in the Meadow and set alight. Apparently the car had been used in a theft in the Dubdalk area. Local residents are rightly concerned about this type of criminal activity going on in the area. People want no truck with crime gangs and anti-social elements.” Echoing his colleague’s concern, Mickey Brady said, “People have a right to feel safe in their homes and communities.” The Sinn Féin elected representative was critical of the recent refusal by the Garda Síochána to attend a Community Policing Partnership meeting to discuss tackling cross border crime. “This latest incident in the Meadow highlights the urgent need for an effective, efficient and productive cross-border policing approach to crime. Many feel that the cross-border approach by the PSNI and Garda to tackling crime and the movement by criminals is not adequate,” he added.

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