Youths Run Amok In Downpatrick

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Police in Downpatrick are appealing for information following a number of incidents which occurred in the area on Friday 31st January.

Sergeant Wilkes said: “At around 11pm, it was reported that paint had been thrown at a property in the Ardmore Avenue area of Downpatrick. Damage was also reported to a greenhouse located nearby. A number of youths were seen making off from the scene towards Rathmore Park following the incident.

“Shortly before 11.30pm, it was reported that a number of cars parked in the Movilla Avenue area had been damaged. A number of cars parked in the Ardmore Avenue area of Downpatrick were also damaged sometime between 10.30pm and 00:30am on Saturday 1st February.

Police seek information following a night of madness in Downpatrick as youth run amok.

Police also received reports of vehicles damaged at the Killard Avenue, St Dillon’s Avenue, Dufferin Park, Pillar Well Lane and Stream Street areas of the town.

“Shortly after 4.25am, it was reported that a number of windows had been smashed at residential premises in the Church Street area.

“Enquiries are ongoing and at this stage, police are investigating a link between these incidents.

“Understandably, these incidents have both caused distress and damage to local communities.

“People have a right to feel safe in their home and when they go about their business. Therefore, it is critical that those who choose to engage in anti-social behaviour understand it is unacceptable and it must stop. We don’t want anyone injured or worse.

“We will also continue to work alongside our partner agencies, local representatives and the community to address the issue, but it is quite apparent that some people are still choosing to ignore our repeated appeals and warnings.

“We would appeal to anyone who witnessed any of these incidents to contact police in Downpatrick on phone number 101 quoting reference number 2170 31/01/20. Alternatively, information can also be provided to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 which is 100% anonymous and gives people the power to speak up and stop crime.”

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