Curran: ‘Warrenpoint Road buses in jeopardy due to stone throwing youths’

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Monday, January 16th, 2012

Curran believes Translink may stop bus services in the area

Sinn Féin Newry councillor Brendan Curran has stated that young people who persist in throwing stones at buses travelling along the Warrenpoint Road risk Translink removing night time buses on this route. Speaking to Newry Times, Councillor Curran said, “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.
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