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Youths throwing eggs, stones and fireworks

 
 
CONCERNS have been aired this week over increasing levels of antisocial behaviour in Strabane in the run-up to Halloween.
 
Incidents of young people throwing fireworks, eggs and stones have all been reported, prompting a warning from the PSNI. And in a separate incident a car was significantly damaged on Railway Street.
 
“We have taken a number of reports of youths throwing stones at vehicles on Bradley Way and a separate incident of eggs and fireworks being thrown at a property in another area of the town,” Sgt Beatty from the PSNI explained.
 
“Please speak to your children of the dangers of throwing objects at moving vehicles and the danger of handling fireworks. Not only is it dangerous to handle them, it is also against the law on some occasions to have them in your possession without a licence.”
 
He continued. “Strabane, like any other town is a community where young and old must live together.
It is important that we all recognise the need to be a good citizen. This behaviour is upsetting to residents, and their pets who are often traumatised by such incidents.”
 
The local officer also issued a warning over those responsible for selling illegal fireworks, saying that police would “deal robustly” with anyone involved in such activity.
 
“The best way to deal with the issue is to stop those who are buying and selling them illegally,” he said. “They are getting rich on your children’s money and the misery of the Strabane community whose houses and vehicles are being targeted.
 
“We would encourage you to report any incidents of fireworks to us on 101.”
Sinn Féin MLA Michaela Boyle urged those responsible for the attacks to consider the impact their actions are having.
 
“I am very concerned about the reported anti-social behaviour that residents of Strabane are facing which is equally upsetting to the elderly, children and family pets,” she said.
 
“I would urge anyone with any influence over the youth participating in this anti-social behaviour to explain to them the damage they are having on people within their own community, especially as we begin to enter the Halloween period.”
 
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