A popular city arts facility has become the latest victim of trend in what is becoming a growing – and worrying – trend across Newry.
Sticky Fingers Arts Imaginarium on Edward Street was broken into during the early hours of this morning (Wednesday).
“It is with great disappointment that the Imaginarium and art cafe are closed today due to a break in last night,” the business posted on social media.
“We are currently working with the PSNI to assess the loss and damage to our wonderful centre.
“We hope to reopen tomorrow as normal and apologise for any inconvenience caused today.”
Newry MP Mickey Brady condemned the break-in and has appealed for vigilance within communities as fears rise about a growing trend of break ins and robberies within the city.
“Grainne and her team at Sticky Fingers have helped revitalise the arts in our area and brought huge enjoyment and learning both to young and old,” he said.
“I am angered at the disappointing news that the Imaginarium and Art Cafe were broke into and have had to close today. Hopefully they will be back up and running tomorrow.”
Urging vigilance the MP continued: “There are fears about what seems to be a growing trend of thefts and break ins within our City.
“The police must focus resources on protecting people and property and apprehending these criminals who prey on our businesses and communities.
“I would also appeal for people to be extra vigilant and watch out for suspicious activity.”
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