‘Despicable’ theft delays park work

Councillor's, Tom Campbell and Billy Webb, outside the Newtownabbey Borough Council's site at Loughshore. INNT 10-087-FP
Councillor's, Tom Campbell and Billy Webb, outside the Newtownabbey Borough Council's site at Loughshore. INNT 10-087-FP

LAST week’s theft and vandalism at Jordanstown Loughshore Park have been branded “despicable”.

Wiring was stolen and ceilings damaged in the new amenity building on Wednesday, March 2. The damage caused will delay completion of work on site by three weeks.

The area has been closed since September 2010 while the £1.34 million upgrade of the site took place.

It is hoped the park, play area and car park can still open on schedule at the end of March, leaving only the caravan site and amenity building to be finished in April.

Mayor, alderman Paula Bradley said: “It is difficult to understand why people would do something like this. It is an attack on the whole community and very disheartening for all those involved in the scheme. I hope if anyone has any information that will track these individuals down that they contact the PSNI in Newtownabbey.”

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