Mayor slams Galgorm arson as ‘attack on the entire community’

This was the scene at a door at the community centre on Monday. Picture: Ballymena Daily.

THE deliberate burning of rubbish against a door at a council building in Galgorm has been condemned by the Mayor of Mid & East Antrim as an “attack on the entire community”.

Councillor Peter Johnston, in a statement to ‘Ballymena Daily,’ said: “Council was alerted to an incident at Gracehill and Galgorm Community Centre around 8.15pm on Sunday.

“It is understood rubbish had been placed against a door of the premises and set alight. While no substantial damage was caused to the property on this occasion, this behaviour is unacceptable and hurts the very community Council is working hard to provide these facilities for.

“Given the current economic challenges being faced by many Council departments, vandalism of any nature impacts detrimentally on the ability of the organisation to deliver and maintain first-class amenities and facilities for those living and working in the borough.

“Incidents of vandalism are attacks on the entire community. They are an unnecessary cost to the rate payer and deprive local people of essential services and facilities at a time when they need them most, especially as the impact of Covid-19 continues to be felt among so many.

“We would appeal to everyone to play their part in protecting the Borough and especially ask parents of young people living in the Galgorm and Gracehill area to ensure they are aware of where their children are during the evenings and at weekends.

“Any relevant information relating to this incident or any other anti-social behaviour should be reported to the PSNI.

“Calls can also be made to the confidential Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111,” the Mayor said.

The community centre.

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