Break-in at Newtownhamilton Community Centre condemned

May 26, 2014

The Newtownhamilton Rural Community Association have condemned a break-in at the brand new Newtownhamilton Community Centre which happened on Saturday night, May 17th.

The building, which has been funded by SOAR, is still under construction and, due to the hard work, support and commitment of the community, including a large team of volunteer workmen, is set to meet it’s June deadline for completion.

Speaking after the break-in, which caused extensive damage to a window in the centre, Teresa Murray, Committee Member of the Newtownhamilton Rural Community Association described the incident as an “act of thuggery” and said,

“It is disappointing to see this disrespect displayed upon the hard work that many within the community have put in and the contribution that has brought our small community together.

“We as a community are determined not to let this act disrupt or damage the spirit that is encompassed throughout this build and we ask that everyone keeps an extra eye out to protect our small community.”

Teresa confirmed that the local PSNI and local councillors are investigating the incident and stressed that there are hidden cameras in place throughout the building.

“This building will provide the community with much needed facilities such as exercise classes, youth club, party venue, dancing lessons etc… and we have great demand from local business who wish to use this new, fresh and modern premises. We shall not let an act of thuggery affect our community hall.”

You can keep up to date with progress on the Newtownhamilton hall on the  Newtownhamilton Rural Community Association Facebook page.