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Postal vehicles damaged in Coleraine

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Police are investigating a report of criminal damage caused to a number of postal vehicles in Coleraine.

It was reported that damage was caused to seven vans at commercial premises in the New Row depot overnight between the hours of 6.00pm September 23rd and 4.00 am this morning, September 24th.

Enquiries are continuing and police are appealing to anyone who witnessed anything suspicious in the area to contact police on 101, quoting reference number 222 of 24/09/20.

You can also submit a report online using our non-emergency reporting form via http://www.psni.police.uk/makeareport/.

Alternatively, information can also be provided to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 which is 100% anonymous and gives people the power to speak up and stop crime.

Councillor William McCandless said “The Post Office Depot yard at Society St. Coleraine has been the latest target for ASB with wanton damage to a number of postal service vehicles.

“Over the past few years the residents of Society St. Park St. and Long Commons ( many in their senior years ) have been subjected to ASB from some of our unruly teenagers. Thankfully the vast majority of our teenagers are not like this.

“On this recent occasion it appears that they are no longer content with knocking doors and frightening senior citizens ( bad enough as that is ) but they have now vandalised postal office vehicles at the depot..

“For years our town centre has been used as a playground for those who wish to carry out ASB activities, parkour style running across rooftops, burning rubbish bins, smashing telephone kiosks, destruction of street furniture, destroying play park equipment and now causing disruption to our mail service by vandalising vehicles.

“The postman is a well known and respected person in our society, carrying important information for business and personal reasons. He operates in the town and rural areas, a vital link in the community and I certainly hope this incident does not prove too disruptive to the efficient service they provide to the public in our area.

“I appeal to the PSNI. The community want to see “ bobbies on the beat “. Take that message back to our Policing Board, our Justice Minister and whoever controls your purse strings. The local officers need to do their job unhindered by budget constraints.

“I appeal to anyone who may have witnessed suspicions activity in the Society St. area or Town centre to report it to the PSNI.”

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