Police appeal after reports of vehicles doing ‘donuts’ and one of the cars was then deliberately set on fire near a graveyard

POLICE are appealing for information following reports of vehicles doing ‘donuts’ before one of the vehicles believed to have been involved was deliberately set on fire near a graveyard.

A PSNI spokesperson said: “Police are appealing for information following reports of vehicles doing donuts in the area of Liminary Road in Kells at approximately 2215hrs on 6/11/19.

“We also believe that one of the vehicles involved, a silver Renault Clio, has been intentionally set on fire near the graveyard.

“This is totally reckless on so many levels, as without the quick intervention of the Fire Service we could have been dealing with a far more serious incident.

“If you have any information, please contact 101 and quote reference number CC1989 of 6/11/19.

“We know that people driving like this can be a total headache to locals and other road users. Please continue to report behaviour like this to police and we will deal with the culprits as robustly as we can.”

A PSNI spokesperson later told ‘Ballymena Daily’: “At approximately 9.45pm on Wednesday, 6 November police received a report of cars driving around a graveyard on the Liminary Road, Ballymena, and the drivers performing ‘donuts’.

“Also on the same date police received a number of calls in relation to a car on fire in the same area.

“Our enquiries into these incidents are at an early stage, and we are working to establish if they are linked.

“I want to state clearly the actions of anyone taking part in this type of driving can be described as nothing other than mindless and reckless.

“Not only does it have the potential to cause harm, or serious injury to the people who engage in this type of activity, but it can also cause harm to other drivers.

“It can also lead to convictions where dangerous driving will result in a mandatory disqualification for 12 months minimum.

“I want to appeal to anyone who knows anything about any of these incidents to call us on the non-emergency number quoting reference numbers 1959 and 1987 06/11/19”

Inspector Marc Riddell added: “Police are committed to working in partnership to reduce anti-social behaviour.

“I am again appealing for anyone who witnesses this type of anti-social driving in their area, to contact us on 101 to discuss the issue or share any information linked to community safety issues. Information can also be passed anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”

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