A young Newry man has been left traumatised after his car was broken into and thrashed in a late night attack on Monday.
The man, who only started a new job on Monday, also had items stolen from the car in the O’Neill Avenue area of the city.
City Councillor Valerie Harte said that those involved in the vandalising of the man’s car and subsequent theft of items from it were “heartless”.
The Sinn Féin representative made her comments after liaising with family members of the victim.
“I have just spoken with the mother of a young man from O’Neill Avenue here in Newry who has been left traumatised after discovering that his car had been broken into last night and thrashed and items stolen from it,” she commented.
“This young man had only started a new job yesterday and to go out to find that this had happened this morning is deplorable.
“Once again a community has been violated by heartless thieves, we don’t need these acts of wanton vandalism in our communities.”
Newry City Councillor confirmed the Ballinacraig Community Association has spoken with the PSNI and have been assured that patrols will be stepped up in the area.
”I would also appeal for all residents to be vigilant and report any suspicious activity,” Councillor Harte added.