Vandals wreak havoc in night of destruction

June 6, 2016

Vandals wreaked havoc in the village of Bessbrook recently in an overnight spree during which bins were set on fire and cars damaged.

Police are investigating the incidents, which occurred during the night of Tuesday 31st May and Wednesday 1st June.

A number of bins were set on fire in the O’Donoghue Park, Fountain Street and Mount Charles South areas, while a tent that was pitched in the front garden of a house in the Orior Park area was also set alight.  Number plates were ripped off a car and soil was thrown over another vehicle in the Mount Charles South area.

Appealing for information, Sergeant Alistair Kenmuir described the behaviour as dangerous and senseless: “Fire can spread easily in an urban area and a number of oil tanks were nearby. This could result in someone being seriously injured. I urge parents and guardians to make sure they know where their children are, what they are doing, to talk to them about the danger of getting caught up in this type of activity and the possible outcomes they could face if they are found committing any offence.

“Young people should know the consequences of their actions when they get involved in this type of behaviour. What might seem like fooling about can often result in a criminal record which can affect travel, education and employment opportunities in the future.  I am also very aware of the effects that this sort of behaviour has on local residents, it can really blight everyday life,” he added.

Meanwhile, the area’s SDLP Councillor Kate Loughran condemned those responsible saying such behaviour “serves no purpose other than the destruction of property, endangering people and engaging the emergency services”.

“The damage done through these actions will have to be paid for and inevitably the cost will fall on the ratepayers.  I would ask anyone who has any information which may be of assistance to the police in bringing those responsible to book to contact the PSNI through the usual channels,” she said.