An armed robbery at Laurelvale Cricket Club has been condemned by local DUP councillor Gareth Wilson.
By The Newsroom
Sunday, 27th November 2016, 4:04 pm
Updated Tuesday, 6th December 2016, 3:41 pm
Image sent in on 29-03-16 of William Irwin at Laurelvale Cricket Ground Added by AK Accompanied by this release: Newry & Armagh DUP Assemblyman William Irwin MLA has slammed those responsible for vandalising advertising hoardings at Laurelvale cricket ground.
The hoardings were defaced with IRA graffiti and Mr Irwin said those responsible had nothing to offer the community in the area and demanded they "stop immediately".
Mr Irwin stated, "I totally condemn those behind this act of sectarianism, especially so as Laurelvale is a quiet and close knit community. Certainly the wider community would totally reject this sinister vandalism and in light of the fact that the letters IRA have been sprayed makes this all the more despicable and it must stop immediately."
He concluded, "There have been a number of concerning incidents across the borough orchestrated by republicans in recent days and the targeting of a valued community resource and sporting organisation in Laurelvale, shows just how out of touch with
It is understood a man armed with a knife demanded cash before making off with the contents of the til on Saturday night.
Cllr. Wilson who lives close to the village stated, “This is a very concerning incident in what is a very quiet and peaceful rural village and indeed the cricket club is a very popular club with a rich history in the area, and of course it is a really important local resource.”
He added, “Speaking to police and the club directly, I understand that a man armed with a knife demanded the takings from the till before running off with a sum of money. I am aware that an arrest has now been made and I want to praise both the club house staff and thepolice for their quick thinking and action.”
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He concluded, “I am relieved no one was injured in this incident and I trust that those in the club recover from this ordeal.”