South Armagh intimidation and harassment ‘causing grave concern’

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Thursday, February 23rd, 2017
South armaghSlieve Gullion Area Sinn Féin Councillor Mickey Larkin has said that anti-social behaviour at Mullanstown in Mullaghbawn has caused grave concern to many residents and the local community. The local Councillor explained, “In response to reports of incidents at Mullanstown I accompanied local Parish Priest Fr. Heagney to listen to the concerns of residents. “Over a period of months a small group of youths have been targeting homes in the estate causing distress to a number of householders.
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Jan End 2017“What may have started as high jinks has developed into a more serious case of intimidation and harassment. Initial banging on doors and windows has been followed by the throwing of stones, wood and eggs at houses. The latest incident involved the placing of a piece of wood with nails at the rear wheel of a car.”
  The Sinn Féin representative called for all those involved in these anti-social acts to stop immediately. “This anti-community activity is not only detrimental to the victims but can also have a corrosive effect on the development of those carrying out the acts. “I support the community in their call for those involved to end their attacks on their own community. We would encourage parents and others with influence to continue to promote the respect of and positive contribution to Mullaghbawn which is shown by the vast majority of our young people.”
  Cllr Larkin’s Party colleague Newry & Armagh Assembly candidate Megan Fearon said, “This anti-social activity is seen by most as an attack not only on individuals and their properties but also an attack on the wider community. She added, “I would appeal to those engaged in these activities to reflect on their actions, this is not fun, it is causing fear, anxiety and concern to residents. It should stop immediately.”
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