Vandals target cars across town

In the past week there has been a spate of vandalism targeting cars in the town - the latest incident occurring in the car park at the Belmont Hotel at the weekend.

The weekend incident comes around seven days after cars in Willow Grove and Willow Avenue areas had their tyres slashed and an acidic substance thrown over them.

The Leader was contacted by an angry victim of criminal damage whose car’s back window was smashed somewhere between late on Saturday night and the early hours of Sunday (November 3) at the Belmont Hotel car park.

The car owner said: “There were several cars damaged and windows put through.

“I think it is absolutely ridiculous how some low-life individuals could do that. All the cars that were damaged were young drivers including myself and a lot of them had R plates.

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“Young drivers find it hard enough to run a car and pay for insurance, all we were doing was going out for a good night for to come back to that.”

A spokesperson for the Belmont Hotel said that police were investigating the matter and they were taking the issue seriously.

The attacks in the Willow Grove and Willow Avenue areas of Banbridge took place between the evening of Sunday, October 27 and the morning of Monday, October 28.

Ulster Unionist Councillor Glenn Barr condemned the recent spate of car attacks in the area, saying he hoped whoever is responsible is brought to justice as soon as possible.

He said: “I condemn any act of vandalism and would appeal to witnesses to come forward and help Police with their investigations.

“Whoever is responsible needs to be brought in front of a judge.”

Police in Banbridge are appealing for information following criminal damage that occurred involving four cars in the Willow Grove area and three cars in the Willow Avenue area.

A spokesperson for the Police said: “Anyone with any information about this incident is asked to contact Banbridge Police Station on 0845 600 8000. Or 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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