Moves to calm fears after spate of attacks

Credit - Kevin Scott / Presseye''Banbridge, UK - January 03 , Pictured is the scene of a petrol bomb attack in the Golf Terrace area of Banbridge in Co Down, January 03, 2016 ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye )
Credit - Kevin Scott / Presseye''Banbridge, UK - January 03 , Pictured is the scene of a petrol bomb attack in the Golf Terrace area of Banbridge in Co Down, January 03, 2016 ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye )
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Concerns raised following a spate of petrol bomb attacks in the Banbridge area, the latest of which occurred at Golf Terrace on January 2, are being addressed in an effort to allay residents’ fears.

Calling for additional patrols in the area, MLA Sydney Anderson has been liaising with the PSNI.

“I sought an urgent meeting and met the District Commander Superintendent David Moore last week, specifically regarding these recent attacks,” he said.

“I have been informed by the PSNI that they are of the belief that such incidents are not connected. However, the District Commander has taken on board the great concern that these attacks are causing to the local community.”

“I have been informed that the police will continue to fully investigate each of these incidents and I hope that the individuals responsible will be brought to justice.”

Mr Anderson further outlined to the PSNI concerns about the level of drug-related crime, burglaries and anti-social behaviour which is occurring across the constituency.

“I have asked that where possible the PSNI should be more visible on the ground which may help to deter crimes of such a nature taking place in the future.

“It is vital that the community as a whole be vigilant and if anyone has any information about suspicious activity they should forward this to the police,” he added.

Meanwhile DUP Councillor Carla Lockhart said she will be requesting lighting at the rear of properties in Golf Terrace.

“This comes following the recent petrol bomb attack and several other incidents in the area,” she said.

“I have requested lighting from both Transport NI and the Northern Ireland Housing Executive.

“Additionally I have requested that the Community Policing team call with residents to hear their concerns.

“I had one elderly resident speak to me about the fear that they live in. This is the 21st century - people should not be living in fear.

“Together we aim to try and improve the safety of those living in this area,” she added.