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Obscene graffiti and equipment destroyed as yobs go on crime spree at Craigavon building site

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Vandals target a building site in Craigavon. Photos: Meadowbrook Residents Association

Vandals have gone on a rampage with machinery daubed in graffiti and a work cabin completely destroyed at a building site in Craigavon.

Images shared by the Meadowbrook Residents’ Association show the extent of the damage, with heavy machinery also having windows smashed.

The Association had reported commotion from the site where 140 new homes are set to be built – should builders be left in peace to carry out the work.

Commenting on Monday, the group said: “Last night, we shared a post regarding the noises from the Rathmore site. Unfortunately on a further inspection this morning, significant damage was caused to the workmen’s tea cabin and a digger.

“Absolutely disgusted, now as you can see by the pictures they’ve signed it; we know of a few gangs of young people who call themselves 65 after local postcodes, you are nothing but vandals carrying out this destruction in your local area.

“…it’s a real let down, you all should be ashamed of yourselves. You aren’t big scary gangs, you are wee boys/girls that haven’t a bloody clue.”

Police have appealed for information and witnesses to the incident.

Neighbourhood Policing Sergeant Paul Moore said: “Police received a report shortly after 6.30pm on Saturday, February 25 of a large number of youths gathered at a building site in the Tullygally Road area of Craigavon.

“Damage, that included obscene graffiti was caused to machinery in the area and our enquiries remain ongoing.

“Later that same evening police received further reports of large groups of young people gathered in the Pinebank Bridge area of Craigavon, causing a disturbance. On officers’ arrival, the youths dispersed from the area.

“We are investigating a link between these reports and I would appeal to anyone involved in this kind of anti-social activity to stop and would also urge anyone with any information or concerns to contact our Neighbourhood Team.

“Reporting incidents that impact on your quality of life helps us to focus patrols where they are needed most.

“Our investigation is now underway and we are appealing to anyone who may have any information dash-cam or mobile footage which can assist us to contact 101 quoting reference number 1426 of 25/02/23.”

Alternatively, information can be provided to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111, which is 100% anonymous and gives people the power to speak up and stop crime.

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