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RSPB chief: Help us catch vicious vandals

A charity director is appealing |to Belvoir residents for their help to prevent another mindless attack on its premises.

Last weekend (October 23/24), vandals attacked the RSPB office for the ninth time this year — ignoring installed security CCTV cameras and filming their thuggish act using their mobile phones.

Dr James Robinson, director of the RSPB, said: “It is extremely disturbing. We have returned to find the windows put in and glass all over the offices.

“These senseless acts of violence cost us both time and a lot of money — time and money which could be going to do more for Northern Ireland’s wildlife.

“Last weekend the vandals not only put in the windows, but they also destroyed the window frames using fence posts. Footage also shows these youths filming this on their phones and laughing at their handiwork.

“It is extremely distressing to think that such vicious behaviour could be levelled at anyone or anything.”

The RSPB has been at its Belvoir Office premises for more than 15 years and has never suffered such a period of sustained attacks.

Mr Robinson added: “We are working with the police to find the culprits. In the meantime, if anyone has any information, we would strongly urge you to go to the police. Such mindless behaviour just cannot continue.”

“We hope to remain here for the foreseeable future as it is the perfect location for an environmental charity. Please help us to stop these attacks.”

Alliance councillor Sara Duncan said: “I am appalled at this wanton vandalism. The boarded up windows will be viewed with horror by forest users parking their cars in the car park beside this building, and by the many walkers using the forest paths.

“I hope these thoughtless thugs can be caught by the PSNI and dealt with severely by the justice system.”

Anyone with information can contact the police on 0845 600 8000 or call Crimestoppers 0800 555 111.

Belfast Telegraph