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Pallets set on fire outside shop in Strabane

A number of pallets were set on fire at the rear of a shop in Strabane, Co Tyrone, on Sunday.

Police received a report of the fire shortly before 8pm. The Fire Service attended the scene on the Branch Road area of the town and the fire was extinguished.

Significant smoke damage was caused to the store as a result. Two straw statues on Bradley Way were also set on fire around the same time.

SDLP MLA Daniel McCrossan is seeking an "urgent meeting" with the PSNI after the incidents on Sunday night.

He said: "Anti-social behaviour in Strabane is now out of control. Thugs routinely vandalise and destroy local amenities and have now set their sights on businesses and civic art.

"Last night there were three separate fires in the town at one time. They have targeted local businesses and Halloween displays. Those who set out to destroy public property for absolutely no reason need to be taken under control by the PSNI."

The west Tyrone MLA added: "This comes after local hero Pat Gillespie was robbed. If there's no respect for a 101-year old legend in the town, how can others feel safe?

"Local people are furious and many feel vulnerable.

"I am now seeking an urgent meeting with the PSNI to find out exactly what they're doing to tackle this issue and to encourage a more proactive response."

Detectives are appealing for anyone who witnessed the incidents or anyone with any information that can assist with the investigation to contact detectives in Strand Road Police Station on 101 quoting reference 1541 29/10/17. Or, alternatively if someone would prefer to provide information without giving their details they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers and speak to them anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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