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Woman ‘distraught’ after car window smashed by youths outside TMAC Centre in Keady

'The car was owned by a lady who was just finishing her day's work. She works hard and doesn’t deserve this'

An appeal has been launched to parents and young people in Keady following anti-social behaviour that resulted in a car window being smashed outside the TMAC Centre, leaving the owner “distraught”.

Police have said that over the last number of evenings, they have received calls in relation to groups of young people engaged in this behaviour.

On Tuesday evening (September 19), this culminated in damage to the vehicle.

SDLP Councillor Thomas O’Hanlon says that youths were observed doing this, before running up the entry between the TMAC and The Caledonian, although there is no indication as to where the youths live.

Speaking following the incident, he said: “The car was owned by a lady who was just finishing her day’s work. She works hard and doesn’t deserve this. She was distraught when she learned what had happened.”

He continued: “The incident has been reported to the PSNI and I’m sure they’ll ask for the CCTV showing what happened and the pictures of those involved.

“Our area is better than this, our young people are better than this. Please ensure you know where your delightful ‘little angel’ is in the evening and that they understand people work hard to pay for what they have.”

A PSNI spokesperson said: “We urge parents to have a chat with their children about the implications of engaging in this kind of behaviour. What might seem like a bit of fun right now can seriously impact a young persons future.”

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