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Residents feeling ‘vulnerable and afraid’ as crime spree escalates

Bessbrook residents are feeling vulnerable and afraid since the closure of the police station a number of years ago, according to councillors.

Danny Kennedy MLA and Cllr David Taylor have expressed their serious concern at the level of criminal activity currently taking place in the area as a result.

Concerns have been raised once again following reports that a number of men travelling in a dark coloured car, possibly a BMW 1 Series, had broken into properties in Loughbrickland and Bessbrook on Friday evening.

A family pet was killed and left on a child’s bed at the house in Bessbrook.

These incidents follow reports in days prior, of suspicious activity in the Bessbrook and Camlough areas.

These incidents involved men travelling in a car matching the description with police believing the incidents are linked.

Mr Kennedy said local people felt vulnerable and afraid and he called on the entire community to be vigilant and assist the PSNI with any information to thwart the criminal gang currently operating in the area.

The Ulster unionist representative has spoken to senior police commanders in the area asking for more resources to be deployed in the Bessbrook area.

He said that since the closure of the PSNI Station in the village a number of years ago, many people felt exposed and vulnerable – particularly the elderly – and he said action was required by the Police to provide confidence to the entire local community.

Cllr Taylor sympathised with those families and individuals who had experienced burglaries recently and said he also would be pursuing the problem with the PSNI.

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