RESIDENTS in Pomeroy are furious after vandals wrecked fences on Halloween night after arriving in the village and unloading and burning over 150 tyres.
Local councillor Cathal Mallaghan suggested there was a crowd of up to 40 youths aged between 16 and 19.
Locals believe most of the mob, organised through social media, arrived from outlying areas including Kildress and Greencastle, while there were also a number of young people from Pomeroy involved.
Describing the actions of the youths as an “absolute disgrace”, Cllr Mallaghan said, “Words cannot describe the hurt felt by our residents over what happened on Tuesday night.
“We have been working for the last six years to make sure there is no bonfire in the village attracting underage drinking and vandalism.
“Around 7pm a van arrived and dumped off the car tyres.
“It was youths old enough to know better.
“It was obviously well planned through social media.
“The tyres were burnt on grounds belonging to Pomeroy GAA club.
“They also vandalised nine trees the residents of Parkview community had planted in their community garden. People are disgusted and furious.
“Those responsible need to fully understand that as a community we will continue our good work, we will rise above this and if we can, we will expose those who were mind set on causing chaos.”
Posted: 3:55 pm November 3, 2017