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Patrols in Sion Mills have proven effective

INCREASED police patrols in the village of Sion Mills have proven effective according to a local community activist.

Earlier this month, Andy Patton of Sion Mills Community Forum publicly vented his disgust after churchgoers at St Theresa’s Church were met with broken alcohol bottles and stomach-churning vomit whilst attended their Sunday service. 

However, over a week on from the incident and Mr Patton said he is pleased to report there were no repeat incidents in the village at the weekend, owing to an increased police presence. 

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“Shortly after the horrible event, I met with PSNI inspector Marty Mullan to discuss policing in the village,” he said. “The police agreed to increase patrols in the village, and this was also coupled with community patrols, which we carry out on an almost nightly basis. 

“Thankfully, this weekend there were no signs of anti-social behaviour. This gives me some faith and suggests that those responsible have wised up and realised how disrespectful their actions were.”

Mr Patton feels an increased police presence will be most effective going forward.

“There really is no substitute for effective community policing,” he continued. “The police presence has definitely had an effect and has bore fruit. 
“I feel other things have also been effective. Social media shares on my Facebook post highlighted just how vile the situation was, and community patrols carried out by myself and others covered a lot of ground. 

“Overall, I would appeal people to be vigilant, and for parents to keep a close eye on what their children and young people are up to.” Mr Patton concluded. 
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