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Multi-agency workshop in response to crime and anti-social behaviour

Newry Sinn Féin Councillor Liz Kimmins paid tribute to the work of the Newry District Electoral Area (DEA) forum on a Stakeholders’ Workshop event held on Thursday last which was organised in response to anti-social behaviour and crime across the district.

Cllr Kimmins, who chaired the proceedings, said the workshop was set up following the August meeting of the Newry DEA forum where councillors and independent members raised concerns around street drinking, drugs, anti-social behaviour, burglaries and other issues occurring throughout the area. 

She said: “It was unanimously agreed by all in attendance that a multi-agency meeting with the relevant statutory bodies including the PSNI, NIHE, PCSP, Council officials, Newry City Councillors and community representatives to agree the key issues and develop an action plan to address them.

 “The PSNI and PCSP outlined the current statistics in relation to reported crime and anti-social behaviour for Newry, showing that there has in fact been a decrease in reported burglaries from previous years, however it was widely acknowledged that there is still a lot of work to be done to continue to reduce crime and anti-social behaviour and everyone around the table has pledged their commitment to continue to work together to make our community safer for everyone.”

Ms Kimmins says her party is committed to ensuring that the actions agreed at the workshop event “are followed through, and will continue to work with all the other elected reps, community representatives and statutory bodies to make Newry a safer and more positive environment for everyone to live”.