Beware Christmas car robberies

17 12 2014


Cushendall SDLP Councillor Margaret Anne McKillop has warned of the danger of car thieves in the wake of a local woman who had her car broken into in Cushendall and her handbag stolen with all her bank cards in it.

“In the run-up to Christmas it seems that petty thieves are prepared to wreck other people’s seasonal happiness by breaking into their cars and stealing their property.

“People need to be mindful when parking cars not to leave them in places that are unlit and away from the public eye.  They should lock any valuables in the boot and leave no trace of anything valuable in the car.

“When I learned of this shocking crime I put out a message on Facebook and shortly afterwards I got a tip off where the handbag could be recovered.  Unfortunately it was empty with all the lady’s bank cards and other valuables stolen.

“If anyone knows anything of this disgusting incident I would ask them to pass the information to the PSNI or to myself so this criminal is caught.  Cushendall is a peaceful village where people trust each other and unfortunately it takes only one person to abuse that trust.  In this case the lady got her handbag back thanks to the people who responded to my Facebook appeal but is now left without her money and with the trouble of cancelling her bank cards.”

Cunningham condemns robbery

27 10 2014

Spar Robbery

Ballycastle SDLP Councillor Dónal Cunningham has appealed for information about a robbery at a shop in Ballycastle last night when a man made off with cigarettes.

Cllr Cunningham described the incident as “sinister” and “very worrying”. While no one was injured in the incident, Cllr Cunningham said two staff members was left badly shaken.

“At approximately 8.00pm on Sunday evening an unknown man, who had his face covered with a T-shirt entered the shop and pushed a female member of staff and demanded that she open one of the tills. The man then pushed a second female member of staff and demanded that she open the tills also. The man made off with a quantity of cigarettes. He did not get any money from the tills.

“The two females were not injured during this incident; however they were left very badly shaken. People out doing a day’s work should not be subjected to such terror. It is despicable.”

“I am urging anyone who saw the male entering, or leaving the shop, or who knows anything about what happened, to contact police immediately.”

7 Young People Graduate from NIFRS ‘RACE’ Scheme in Moyle

21 03 2013


Seven young people from the Moyle District Council area have successfully graduated today (Friday 15 March 2013) from Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service’s Road Accident Consequences & Education (RACE) Scheme.
The 5 day scheme was designed by Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service (NIFRS) as an interative and practical initiative to encourage young people aged between 16 – 25 years to understand the destructive consquences and potentially life changing ramifications of a road traffic collision (RTC).  The aim of the scheme is to promote safer driving and encourages leadership, confidence and team building skills,  combined with basic fire safety and first aid training.
‘RACE’  was delivered by local Firefighters in partnership with the North Eastern Education and Library Board Youth Service and PSNI Officers and was funded by Moyle Policing and Community Safety Partnership.
Dale Ashford, Assistant Chief Fire Officer, Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service said:
“In conjunction with our road safety partners, we work tirelessly to help improve road user behaviour to reduce the number of road traffic collisions, fatalities and serious injuries on our roads.  This type of initiative helps young people to understand the carnage on our roads and the lives completely destroyed as a consequence of speeding, not wearing a seatbelt, a moment’s inattention, or drink or drug driving. 
“Over the past 5 days the young people have worked closely with our local Firefighters and have learnt about the consequences of being involved in or being responsible for an RTC. They will now have a greater understanding of the main causes of RTC’s, how these impact upon themselves and their community and how they can contribute to keeping safe on our roads.
“The 7 young people graduating have all worked extremely hard and I congratulate them on their achievement.  I have no doubt that they will become ambassadors for their fire & rescue service and will help promote good road user behaviour in their local community.  I would also like to thank our partner agencies in the area for their support for our ‘RACE’ scheme.” 
Councillor Cara McShane, Moyle Policing and Community Safety Partnership (PCSP) Chairperson added:
“Moyle PCSP has been delighted to support the delivery of the ‘RACE’ scheme.  During our recent extensive public consultation which took place between November 2012 and January 2013 the PCSP found that residents in Moyle have very real concerns about levels of anti social driving within this rural community.  Projects like the ‘RACE’ scheme has enabled us to work directly with young people from the local area to educate them on the impact, dangerous/anti social driving has on the whole community.  We hope this insight gives young people a heightened awareness of the potential impact that dangerous / anti-social driving causes,  before they engage in such activities in the future and hope they will share their knowledge with their family and friends to promote safer road use.
“The scheme has also provided the young people involved with an excellent opportunity to develop valuable skills and develop confidence, which will be extremely beneficial to them in the future and we would like to congratulate them on their gradua

Take the Community Safety Questionnaire

13 12 2012


Moyle Policing & Community Safety Partnership (PCSP) is working to reduce crime, anti social behavior and fear of crime within our homes, the community in which we live and throughout the entire District. To help us in our work, we are keen to hear your views on policing and safety across the Moyle District. By telling us about your concerns and fears, we can work together to create a safer Moyle for locals and visitors alike.

We would be grateful if you would take a few minutes of your time to complete the questionnaire which can be accessed by clicking the following link:
All responses are anonymous and all information will be treated in strict confidence, used only to provide Moyle Policing and Community Safety Partnership with information to develop and undertake actions to improve the safety of everyone.

Wording on Police Notice misrepresents area

29 04 2012

Commenting on the wording on a Police notice issued with regard to a “Street Brief” session held on Friday Night (27th April 2012), Ballycastle SDLP Councillor Dónal Cunningham expressed the feelings of many of the residents of Caman Park and Caman Drive who feel that their area has been misrepresented and wrongly labelled.
The notice read as follows –
RESIDENTS of the Caman Park/Drive area of Ballycastle are invited to come along to raise any concerns in relation to anti-social behaviour issues in their neighbourhood

“I have no difficulty with the concept and rationale of the ‘Partnership and Community Together Streetbrief’ , I feel properly conducted it can be an important tool which can be used to give the community the chance to tell their local policing team, Council and other partner agencies about the issues causing concern within their neighbourhood.The community can set the priorities, which they want addressed.

All of the benefits of the “Street Brief” could have been achieved without the misrepresentation of Caman Park/Drive as an area with a problem with “anti – social behaviour”.

Cunningham condemns Market Street arson attack

14 04 2012

SDLP Ballycastle Councillor has said the community is angered following an arson attack on a house in the Market Street area of the town.
Cllr Cunningham said: “This was a callous and very dangerous act that could easily have caused serious injury or fatalities. The 65-year-old woman was alerted to the fire at her Market Street home by passers-by at about half past midnight on Saturday morning. Police said they believed a burning rag had been placed in the letterbox. The front door was badly damaged and there was smoke damage inside the house
“Not only did it endanger the life of the woman whose house was attacked, but it also posed a serious threat to those living in adjoining properties.
“An attack of this nature is tantamount to attempt murder and I would therefore appeal to anyone with information on this incident to bring it forward to the police as a matter of urgency.
“Praise must go to the passers-by who raised the alert and to the fire service for their swift response.”

Cunningham condemns theft of church heating oil

3 04 2012

Ballycastle SDLP Councillor Dónal Cunningham has condemned the theft of around 200 litres of heating oil from the Holy Trinity Church in the Diamond Ballycastle.

He said: “ There has been similar thefts from other local churches, in my mind theft from any faith community is sacrilegious as well as criminal. I express my annoyance to the Rev. David Ferguson and his congregation, there should be no place for this in Ballycastle. I sincerely hope that those who were involved are caught and shamed before the courts for what they have done”

Marine Hotel vandalism condemned

27 03 2012

Ballycastle SDLP Councillor Dónal Cunningham has hit out at those responsible for a vandalism attack in the early hours of Tuesday morning on the vacant Marine Hotel site which saw many of the ground floor windows smashed.

Describing the attack as “a disgraceful act of wanton violence and destruction”, he said those responsible were mindless thugs who were intent on causing disruption and destruction in the town.

“I am disgusted at this incident particularly in a week that saw the formation of a new Ballycastle Community Development Group – therefore it is important that the community continues to promote Ballycastle as a great place to live, work and visit.”

Cunningham calls on those involved in snowball attacks to “wise up”

6 12 2011

Ballycastle SDLP Councillor Dónal Cunningham has called on those involved in snowball attacks on motorists to “wise up.”
No sooner than we had our first fall of snow, than we also received a number of complaints about snowball attacks on cars and buses particularly on the main town entrances.
“Those involved must realise that these attacks have a very upsetting and traumatic effect on drivers and their passengers. Snowballs when compacted can have the same impact as a stone.
Snowballs thrown at moving vehicles can distract drivers and have the potential to cause a serious accident, we are very fortunate that no one has been seriously injured.

“In snow and icy conditions, drivers need to concentrate even more and even a small distraction can be dangerous. There are better ways to enjoy the snow than attacking cars and buses”

Vandalism Condemned

19 11 2011

Ballycastle SDLP Councillor Dónal Cunningham has condemned as “mindless” the vandalism and destruction of the Red Squirrel feeder site in Ballycastle forest.

“Great efforts have been put into the construction and maintenance of these sites by the local Glens Red Squirrel group, this vandalism can not be allowed to damage the red squirrel population within this area of Ballycastle Forest.”
“The Glens Red Squirrel Group was formed to protect the Red Squirrels in the Glens which have one of the biggest concentrations of the animals in Ireland. I have seen at first hand the efforts of the group through the recent “squirrel walk” and hope that the actions of a few do not deter the enthusiasm of the group to continue in their very important work”