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Attack on Emergency Services attending Newry fire wrong

16 June, 2008

Newry and Mourne Sinn Féin Councillor Brendan Curran has said that he shared the anger and disappointment of many at the most recent stone throwing attack on Fire and Emergency Services in the Newry area.

He confirmed that stones were thrown last Sunday, at Fire Service and Emergency Personnel who fought to bring the huge fire in premises in the Edward Street and Monaghan Street area under control.

The City Councillor who is also chairperson of the local District Policing Partnership (DPP) said that it was nothing short of disgraceful that this type of attack was still taking place.

Cllr Curran said:

"These acts are carried out by mindless people and serve no purpose what so ever and could have led to serious injury or indeed the loss of life. It is the support of the local community that is vital in putting the message out that these attacks are totally wrong and will only have a detrimental effect on any area.

"The people involved should be made aware of the potential consequences that these attacks could have. It is very possible that ultimately someone could lose their life if the Fire Service decides that it is unsafe for their members to enter any area, particularly at night time.

"On behalf of the local community I would like to take this opportunity to commend the Fire Service for the great work that they do. The men and women of the Fire Service are dedicated to saving life and property and must be in a position to carry out their work without the threat of attack.

"I would also call on all people, especially parents across the city to do what they can to both educate the young people involved in these attacks and to be vigilant to ensure that these attacks do not happen." ENDS

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