‘Stupid’ youths blamed for cemetery vandalism

THE DAMAGE caused by fireworks at an Enniskillen cemetery at the weekend has been described by police as “stupid”, “selfish”, and “dangerous.”
The toilets at Breandrum Cemetery on the Tempo Road in the town have been closed for the immediate future after fireworks were let off inside the toilet block sometime between Sunday afternoon and Sunday morning. 
“This act will cost a lot of money to repair and has rendered both public toilets out of order for the near future,” said a spokesman for Fermanagh PSNI. “Not only was this act stupid and selfish, but also dangerous.” 
Having issued a social media appeal for information online, district commander Clive Beatty said on Monday evening that “thanks to the great citizenship and community spirit” in the area police had been able to identify “vehicles acting suspiciously in the area” and had even been given names of possible suspects. 
Enniskillen Cllr Tommy Maguire urged young people to “be mindful” and considerate of “the impact of fireworks on the elderly population in the Breandrum area and other areas of the town.” 
“While it might seem great fun for youngsters, they have to grow up,” said Cllr Maguire. “If they are young people who may have been driving vehicles then they may not be as young as we might have considered. 
“Young people who are old enough to be driving vehicles are old enough to have a social conscience about what they are doing with fireworks in regard to elderly people and pets, and the anti-social nuisance fireworks can cause. Halloween is over, our period of letting off fireworks should be over by now.”
Adding it was a similar situation at Quay Lane, where young anti-social drivers are disturbing residents, Cllr Maguire urged those behind such behaviour “to start to wise up” and channel their energy into sports or other activities rather “than running around destroying property and annoying the people in the town.” 
He added: “As parents we all try to keep our children on the straight and narrow. Parents have a responsibility to know what their kids are doing around the town.”



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