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Stark warning as ‘car wrecked by joyriders’ in south Armagh

'Only luck' prevented serious injury or loss of life

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Joyriders are risking the lives of people living in rural south Armagh.

And there have been calls for those responsible to step back and think of the consequences of their actions.

It is, one local representative said, showing a complete disregard for the safety of the local community.

Earlier this week a car was wrecked in a single-vehicle crash in south Armagh.

It happened in the Kilnasaggart area of Jonesborough in the early hours of Monday morning.

According to local Councillor Mickey Larkin, a vehicle travelling at speed clipped a ditch and overturned, as residents complained of racing and dangerous driving on the extremely narrow country roads in the area.

He strongly condemned those responsible, adding that only luck on this occasion prevented serious injury or even tragedy.

“Although the occupants of the vehicle in question appear to have escaped without injury, the car was wrecked,” explained Councillor Larkin. “This road is a narrow one-way route, and is entirely unsuitable for hard driving.

“Residents in the area are disturbed by the actions of joyriders on the surrounding roads last Sunday night. This behaviour is extremely dangerous and will not be tolerated by the local population.

“Lives are being put at risk by reckless behaviour of this kind. This community could likely see another road tragedy if those pursuing this madness do not desist from their anti-community activities.

“A car is a lethal weapon in the wrong hands, and maturity and respect for the local community is absent from those pursuing these actions.”

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