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Kearney calls for vigilance after Antrim arson attack

19 November, 2016 - by Declan Kearney

Sinn Féin’s South Antrim MLA, Declan Kearney has condemned the most recent arson attack in the Stiles estate in Antrim, describing it as a reckless and potentially life threatening attack.

Following the burning of three cars in Aghaboy Gardens, Mr Kearney said;

“I am outraged there has been yet another arson attack in Antrim town, and shocked at the extent of the wanton destruction caused to local people’s property in Aghaboy Gardens.

“I am deeply concerned there appears to be a pattern emerging of arson attacks on cars in Antrim town over recent weeks, and specifically in the Stiles, Greystone and Springfarm estates. The criminals responsible have left behind a trail of destruction and fear.

“Arson is a particularly heinous crime. These fires all too often burn out of control posing very serious risk to surrounding property, and indeed the safety of those caught up in such attacks. 

“Despite the huge damage caused in this latest incident, and the impact it will have on the victims, we are very fortunate that residents have escaped without serious injury, or worse.

“I will be meeting the PSNI commander for ‘D’ District and other officers responsible for the Antrim area later this week.

"I will be seeking reassurances that everything possible is being done to identify and apprehend the people responsible for these attacks, and raising what additional measures the police can take locally to support victims, and to enhance community safety especially within the neighbourhoods most affected.

“In the meantime I would urge the local community to be vigilant and report anything suspicious immediately to the police. 

"These criminals need to be put off our streets and brought before the courts. Every piece of information, regardless how insignificant it may seem will be essential to make that happen.”  End/Críoch

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