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Youths pelt cars with stones from county Armagh play park

A group of youths have spent the weekend throwing stones at passing cars on the Chancellors Road road in south Armagh.

Last Friday and Saturday night young people were spotted firing stones at vehicles from the Carrivemaclone play park.

Councillor Liz Kimmins has called on parents and schools to educate young people on the dangers of interfering with moving vehicles before it gets worse for all involved.

“These are not youthful hijinks; this is serious criminal behaviour that, if not stopped, will end up with young people being marked for life with criminal records or worse, causing death and destruction on our roads,” she said.

“There are serious concerns within the community about this activity and people are genuinely fearful it will lead to tragedy.

“There is no clear indication just how young the people involved in throwing stones are but I would say to parents and schools in the area, please, speak to your children about the dangers of this type of activity and the long term, possibly permanent consequences, it could have for them if they don’t stop immediately.

“Even if you are sure it’s not young people in your charge involved in this I would urge teachers and parents to speak to them anyway so that they don’t become involved.

“I want to say to the young people doing this, make no mistake, this is dangerous criminal behaviour and the courts will have no compunction whatsoever about bringing the full weight of the law down on you when you are caught, which is to say nothing of the consequences you’ll face, both legal and personal, if your stupidity robs a family of a parent or child.”

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