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Arson attack prompts call for swift action

Cllr Patsy Kelly at the scene of the arson attack at the rear of Castle Street.

AN arson attack at the rear of retail properties on Castle Street in Strabane has prompted a call for swift remedial action.

It has been reported that on Saturday (June 24) two bins were set alight, a blaze which consequently also damaged air conditioning outlets.

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This week Strabane independent councillor Patsy Kelly says the latest incident only adds further weight to business owners’ calls for gates to be installed at the alleyway running from John Wesley Street to Castle Street. Shopkeepers, Cllr Kelly explained, have already committed to opening and locking any future gates.

“I’ve been shouting about this at council for a long time now,” he began. “But this new fire shows that we need to do something about it now.

“Installing gates would definitely help. At the minute young ones can get in and out as they please and this fire is the result.

“Two of the large type bins were set alight, or someone threw something into them and you can see from the photo that the fire was so intense, it even cracked the exterior plaster on the wall. Air conditioning units were also damaged.”

He continued, “I’ve been told by council that there’s a procedure to follow but what I am now saying, is that we need to speed that procedure up.

“Business people are worried about the anti-social behaviour going on and in this case, we’re just lucky that we aren’t looking at the loss of two businesses never mind two bins.”

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