One of county Armagh’s most beautiful viewpoints was left in a “shameful” state after a car was left burnt out and tyres strewn everywhere.
An Armagh I reader, who sent us these photos, was disgusted to find the iconic Carrigatuke viewpoint — outside Keady — had been destroyed by vandals over the last number of days.
Councillor Sharon Haughey-Grimley, who lives less than a mile from the site slammed those responsible.
“It is absolutely shameful that some people think nothing about ruining our natural and beautiful countryside,” said cllr. Haughey-Grimley.
“Carrigatuke view point is one of Armagh’s most attractiv beauty spots. It has panoramic views of many counties and is really breathtaking. It is also home to St Patrick’s chair which many pilgrims visit each year.
“For someone to come along a burn vehicles and dump tyres and other waste is absolutely disgraceful. This is a complete disrespect of the local community and of our natural environment.
“I have been working hard to secure cameras for this area to attempt to stamp out this type of vandalism and illegal dumping.”
She added: “I have also requested a meeting between the council, Transport NI and Forestry Service to discuss these ongoing issues and to implement measures to protect this area.
“I would appeal to those responsible to think before partaking in this type of activity. Our recycling centres will take most types of waste free-of-charge so there is absolutely no need or justification for illegal dumping.
“This area, although isolated is loved by many local people and there are always people visiting this site on a daily basis. These actions are destroying this beautiful area and I urge those responsible to stop.”