String of vehicles damaged by stone-throwers

April 27, 2015

Two men were arrested for public order offences after stones were thrown at traffic on the Camlough Road, Newry, damaging a string of vehicles including a lorry, two taxis, a van and an Ulsterbus.

The incident occurred on Friday evening close to Derrybeg where youths were using the area of Carnagat Hill “as a launch pad” to attack passing traffic with rocks and stones.

Windscreens were smashed in several vehicles and shocked drivers narrowly escaped being injured or causing an accident.

Police thanked the public for reporting the incident and subsequently arrested two men who were questioned over a number of public order offences.

Sinn Fein’s Charlie Casey says such stone-throwing incidents are “a regular occurrence” in the area and there is grave concern that someone will be killed or injured as a result.

“I share the anger and frustration of the local community that the area is being used as a launch pad to attack motorists and their vehicles. This is not high jinx or fun, ultimately a driver, passenger or pedestrian will be killed or seriously injured,” the Councillor said.

His party colleague Mickey Brady appealed to those responsible to “take stock of their actions and the potential deadly consequences and stop immediately”.

“Those engaged in this type of anti social activities are not only causing distress and anger within the local community but also endangering people and property,” he said.