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Northern Ireland community radio station overwhelmed by support after banners and posters vandalised

By Sue Doherty

Staff and volunteers at a community radio station in Co Down have been heartened by support from the local community after banners and posters were vandalised at the weekend.

Roberta Heaney of Fuse FM Mourne, which is based in Kilkeel, said everyone at the station was "deeply disappointed and disgusted " when banners and posters they put up on Saturday afternoon were vandalised overnight.

"Some of the banners and posters were damaged or destroyed, others were stolen, in the early hours of Sunday morning, Ms Heaney told the Belfast Telegraph.

"It's especially upsetting because this is a community, voluntary radio station which helps train young people from all backgrounds.

"Volunteers put the posters and banners up on Saturday afternoon and it's hard to imagine why anyone would want to destroy them that very night."

Fuse FM Mourne, supported by the Schomberg Society's Youth Media project, works with students from local schools and youth organisations.

The incident has been reported to the PSNI, who are investigating. Anyone with information is asked to contact Ardmore station on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Ms Heaney said: "With the CCTV cameras that are in the town, we are hopeful that we will be able to catch these criminals. Also, a lot of people have contacted us with pictures that may be helpful."

Praising the locals, she added: "We really have been overwhelmed by the level of support from the community and local businesses. It is much appreciated."

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