Anger after destruction of Derrybeg Playpark

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Friday, November 8th, 2019

Derrybeg Community Association has strongly condemned those responsible for vandalising the local playpark in the estate.

Chairperson of Derrybeg Community Association Stephen Murney hit out at the perpetrators and said, “Those responsible have shown no regard for the community in Derrybeg.

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“Rubber safety mats have been ripped up leaving the park in a dangerous and unusable state.



“This is nothing but wanton vandalism and destruction of this much-needed community facility.

“Local children are now unable to use the park until vital repairs are carried out.”

The Community Worker continued, “To make matters worse a local resident also had their window broken by youths throwing bottles.



“However, in an example of the community spirit, that Derrybeg is well known for, local residents have rallied round and have shown support to those who had their property damaged.

“On behalf of the local community, I would like to thank Cllr Gavin Malone and local community activist Anthony Coyle who both liaised with the council, Housing Executive and met with the residents affected to offer support and advice.

“The Derrybeg Community Association will be meeting with representatives of the Housing Executive in the near future and will raise a number of issues of concern that we would like to see addressed.



“In the meantime, I would appeal to those responsible for the damage caused to desist from wrecking their own community.

“This area is a proud community with our park and green space being very popular, with people from other areas of Newry even availing of the facilities.

Murney added, “We are confident that the park will be repaired in the coming days and we hope this type of anti-community activity is not repeated.”



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