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Mayor demands action on Limavady Fire attacks

13 June, 2008

Sinn Féin Mayor of Limavady, Cllr Brenda Chivers has called for an urgent meeting with the PSNI, Limavady DPP and the NI Fire and Rescue Service to address the ongoing spate of arson attacks which she described as "a campaign of attempted murder".

Cllr Chivers said:

"Last March, more than 100 people attended a public meeting at the Roe Valley Leisure Centre organised by the PSNI in Limavady to discuss the problem of arson attacks in the town. Assurances were given by the police but in my considered opinion the only thing that has changed is that the situation has deteriorated, the culprits have not been called to book and the people of Limavady are now living in fear of their of their lives.

"The PSNI have questions to answer and the public are demanding action not excuses about limited resources before some poor soul looses their life."

Fire fighters in Limavady have attended 70 deliberate fires since the start of 2008, according to figures from the NI Fire and Rescue Service. Seven of the fires were in dwellings, with three in unoccupied houses, one in a school, three involving domestic oil tanks and seven in vehicles. About 40 were described as secondary fires with bins and rubbish being set alight.

Cllr Chivers concluded:

"Deliberate fires first and foremost put lives at risk and create a very negative image of the town in the media. Its time for the PSNI to do the job they are paid for, to allocate the resource to this scandalous arson campaign and put an end to it. No more excuses are acceptable." CRÍOCH

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