Spate of anti-social incidents in Bessbrook

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Thursday, June 2nd, 2016
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Police are appealing for information following a number of incidents of anti-social behaviour in Bessbrook between the evening of Tuesday 31st May and the morning of Wednesday 1st June. Main Street, BessbrookA number of bins were set on fire in the O’Donoghue Park, Fountain Street and Mount Charles South areas. A tent that was in the front garden of a house in the Orior Park area was also set alight while number plates were ripped off a car and soil was thrown over another vehicle in the Mount Charles South area. Speaking to Newry Times, Sergeant Alistair Kenmuir said, “Firstly, this is dangerous behaviour. Fire can spread easily in an urban area and a number of oil tanks were nearby. “This could result in someone being seriously injured. I urge parents and guardians to make sure they know where their children are, what they are doing, to talk to them about the danger of getting caught up in this type of activity and the possible outcomes they could face if they are found committing any offence. “Young people should know the consequences of their actions when they get involved in this type of behaviour. What might seem like fooling about can often result in a criminal record which can affect travel, education and employment opportunities in the future,” he warned.
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May June 2016 updated“I am also very aware of the effects that this sort of behaviour has on local residents, it can really blight everyday life. I would ask anyone who knows anything about these incidents, or who can provide any information in relation to anti-social behaviour in their area, to contact us at Newtownhamilton Police Station on the non-emergency number 101. Sergeant Kenmuir added, “With the right information coming through to us, we can all work together to eradicate these kinds of senseless acts.” Local Councillor Kate Loughran condemned those responsible. “I totally condemn the actions of those responsible for these acts of arson which serve no purpose other than the destruction of property, endangering people, and engaging the emergency services. “The damage done through these actions will have to be paid for and inevitably the cost will fall on the rate payers. She added, “I would ask anyone who has any information which may be of assistance to the police in bringing those responsible to book to contact the PSNI through the usual channels.”
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