Vandals ‘out of order’ after Crossgar attack

Vandals ‘out of order’ after Crossgar attack

7 November 2018

VANDALS who smashed Halloween festival posters in Crossgar failed to ruin the annual community event, a local councillor has claimed.

Rowallane councillor Terry Andrews spoke out after a gang of vandals deliberately damaged large posters promoting an event in Lislea Drive play park several nights before Halloween night.

The posters, which had been painted by village business woman Rebecca Crowe, had been damaged in an attack the previous Friday evening.

According to the SDLP councillor, this had followed on from two weeks of anti-social behaviour in the area.

“This is uncalled for, out of order and totally unfair,” he fumed. “These posters were made by the community for the community, especially for children, to add to the excitement of Crossgar’s Halloween event.

“There appears to be some people in Crossgar who are out to cause trouble and to try and make life unpleasant.”

Community worker Paul Teggart said that event organisers decided not to erect the posters again until the morning of October 31 in case they were targeted again.

More than 300 people turned out to enjoy the fireworks and children’s activities at Lislea Drive from 6.30-8.30pm on Halloween night. Mr Teggart said the night was a great success and paid tribute to Crossgar Community Association for organising the event.

He added: “I would particularly like to thank the efforts of chairperson Ted Ellison, vice-chair Sean Bell and poster painter Rebecca Crowe for all of the time and effort they put unto ensuring the community had a great evening.”