Construction site theft delays work on By-pass

November 24, 2009

By Brónagh Murphy

The theft of valuable equipment from a construction site on the Tandragee Road in Newry has been roundly condemned by local MLAs.

On Tuesday evening last, November 17th, thieves entered the site and stole equipment valued at several hundred thousand pounds.

Sinn Fein’s Cathal Boylan, condemned those responsible and said their actions have resulted in a delay in construction work on the Newry by-pass.

“This [theft] has resulted in permanent works parapets for bridges to be remade, therefore causing a major delay in the construction process,” Mr Boylan said.

“I would appeal to those involved in these activities to desist to enable this important project to be completed for the benefit of road users, commuters and the local population.  Such action is wrong and should not be tolerated.”

Mr Boylan called on local residents to report any suspicious activity in the area.

Commenting on the incident, Ulster Unionist deputy leader, Danny Kennedy, said the theft means “everyone loses out through the selfishness of a few.”

“Not only does this have an impact on businesses providing local employment, but also on the progress of construction that benefits us all long-term,” Mr Kennedy said.

“Having been informed by the company involved, Lagan Ferrovial, that this is just the latest in a series of break-ins, I am extremely disappointed that people are being so short-sighted.  The added costs and time wasted are an unfair imposition on the contractors and indeed on the honest tax payer.”

Mr Kennedy says the situation is ‘simply not good enough’ and he urged anyone with information to contact the police.

“In times like these we need to be pulling together as a community, not turning to criminal opportunism,” he added.