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PSNI to step up patrols in Sion Mills in wake of anti-social behaviour incidents

Thursday, 13 September 2018

POLICE have agreed to up patrols in Sion Mills following an increase in anti-social behaviour incidents in the village.
Last week it was reported that churchgoers at St Theresa's Roman Catholic Church in the village were greeted by vomit and broken bottles as they made their way into the church for Sunday Mass.
Details of the unsavoury scene were relayed by community worker, Andy Patton, from Sion Mills Community Forum, on the group's Facebook page.
Describing the remnants of a night's drinking as "a new low", he said much good work had been done within the village to put an end to drinking on the grounds of another church and appealed for an end to such behaviour.
In the days after the incident, Mr Patton met with PSNI Inspector Marty Mullan to discuss policing in the village.
Speaking after the meeting, Mr Patton revealed that police have agreed to increase patrols in a bid to curb the 'anti-social elements' in the village.
'Assurance'
"Inspector Mullan has given an assurance that intensive policing will be in place to deal with anti-social elements in the village.
"They will be robust in bringing to justice anyone caught dealing in drugs and anyone under the influence of drugs," he said.
"Also I asked police to attend to late night/ early morning drinking and anti-social behaviour in the village.
"Also on the agenda was the misuse of church grounds in the village. Inspector Mullan again reiterated that his officers will be patrolling and paying particular attention to all church premises within the village."
The community worker also appealed to villagers to do their bit and report any untoward behaviour.
"What must be understood by the public is that police need the help of all villagers to help thwart such activities so we ask everyone to keep a look out and report if they see activities happening within the village.
"Also in a meeting with Fr Canning at St Theresa's it was agreed that all church gates will be locked when church services are not taking place. This will help to deter the anti-social behaviour witnessed at the weekend," he said.

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