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Coalisland canal walk vandalism puts lives at risk: council

The recent vandalism and removal of essential lifesaving equipment and throw-lines along the Coalisland Canal Walk is putting lives at risk, a council has said
The recent vandalism and removal of essential lifesaving equipment and throw-lines along the Coalisland Canal Walk is putting lives at risk, a council has said

By Staff Reporter

The recent vandalism and removal of essential lifesaving equipment and throw-lines along the Coalisland Canal Walk is putting lives at risk, a council has said.

Equipment has been removed or tampered with, and full dog foul bags have been left in some of the vandalised casings.

The throw-lines are essential, potentially lifesaving equipment that can make a difference to someone in trouble in the water where they are unable to assist themselves until rescue services can reach the scene.

Mid Ulster District Council chairman Martin Kearney said: "When this equipment is damaged maliciously, the vandals can be contributing towards someone losing their life. It puts at risk the lives of 2,500 people who use the riverside walk every month.

"This behaviour is extremely irresponsible and could have serious consequences, so we would ask that if members of the public witness any damage to these devices anywhere along the walk that they report it to the police or the council immediately."

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