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Mayor appeals as Council counts the cost of summer vandalism

Mayor of Mid and East Antrim, Councillor Peter Johnston

Vandalism over the summer has cost Mid and East Antrim Borough Council almost £14,000.

Members attending the recent monthly meeting heard 25 incidents of damage and destruction during July and August had almost matched the cost of vandalism during 2019 which totalled £16,000.

Mayor of Mid and East Antrim, Councillor Peter Johnston, said there had been 14 incidents in Larne, nine in Carrickfergus and two in Ballymena. These included attacks on play facilities and public toilets as well as popular walking paths.

Councillor Johnston has called on the public to be vigilant and report any relevant information to the Council and PSNI.

“At a time when we are welcoming visitors back into the borough and encouraging our residents to get out and about again, there seems to be a very small minority intent on causing disruption and damage and that impacts on us all.

“Vandalism is costly and it ultimately impacts on Council investment and the ratepayer at a time when absolutely every penny counts for everyone.

“As an organisation we are working as hard as we can to provide world-class facilities and amenities throughout the borough and we all have a part in play in protecting these and ensuring they are fit for purpose for many more years to come.

“I am making a heartfelt plea to the public to protect our investment and to report anything that you know to the PSNI.

“Our focus remains on growing the tourism economy in Mid and East Antrim and it is not welcoming for visitors to see vandalism which can be off-putting to those staying in our location.”

Information on these incidents can be passed to the PSNI by contacting 101.

Calls can also be made to the confidential Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111.

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