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Unruly youths leave seaside town of Newcastle looking like 'war zone'

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A group of youths lark around in the Mournes

A group of youths lark around in the Mournes

A group of youths lark around in the Mournes

The scenic beauty of the Mourne Mountains has been left looking like a "war zone" by crowds of unruly youths who descended on Newcastle drinking and partying despite the lockdown.

Locals say they are being "tortured" on a daily basis by the anti-social behaviour which has seen alcohol bottles and rubbish strewn across the Bloody Bridge area, as well as nesting birds killed by fires and a nurse unable to get her car out of her lane because of parked cars.

John Lowry, a former coastguard chief, lives in the picturesque seaside town and said it is a "major problem".


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