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PSNI issue warning after emergency services come under attack in Downpatrick


The PSNI said they plan to step up patrols after recent anti-social behaviour in Downpatrick which has seen two vehicles set alight and firefighters come under attack.

The incidents happened on Thursday evening and the early hours of Friday morning.

Police said a car was set alight by youths near the Model Farm shopping complex in the town before 10pm.

A car and community minibus was also burnt out in the Glebetown Drive area.

The PSNI added that firefighters attending the incidents also came under attack from youths throwing bricks and stones.

PSNI Inspector Trevor Campbell said no injuries were reported but condemned the incidents and warned there will be an increased police presence in the area as a deterrent.

He said any young people caught up in offences such as arson and criminal damage face the “very real” prospect of prosecution and a criminal record.

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“We received a report that a car had been set alight by youths shortly before 10pm on Thursday, 23rd June within the vicinity of Model Farm shopping complex,” he said.

“The Renault Clio was burnt out and we are treating this incident as arson. No youths were detected in the area when officers attended and thankfully, no one was injured as a result of this incident.

“We also received a report that a community minibus had been burnt out within the Glebetown Drive area on Friday, 24 June at 12.20am.

“Our colleagues in the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service responded to this incident and while dealing with the fire, came under a sustained attack from youths throwing bricks and stones.

“Although no injuries were reported, I would strongly condemn this type of anti-social behaviour and nobody comes to work expecting to be assaulted.

“These firefighters had been carrying out their duty and serving our local community in order to protect property, prevent danger to the public and reduce any further risk of injury. This was completely unacceptable.”

He added: “In light of these recent incidents of public disorder, I am appealing to those involved to keep a cool head and think about the consequences of your actions which could lead to a criminal record.

“Our enquiries are currently ongoing and we would appeal to anyone with any information or who may have footage of any of these incidents to contact police in Downpatrick on 101, quoting reference numbers 1992 of 23/06/22 and 41 of 24/06/22.

“Alternatively, you can submit a report online using the non-emergency reporting form via www.psni.police.uk/makeareport/.”

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