INISHOWEN CRIME RISE

An Inishowen councillor has called on people to be “extra vigilant” following a recent spate of robberies in the area.

Local Labour Councillor Martin Farren (below) was speaking following three robberies on businesses in Moville over the past week.

In the early hours of Thursday last, independent gift shop, Bits and Bobs, and Indian takeaway Flavours of India, both on James’ Street were targeted. In both cases, robbers made of with a sum of moneyIt is also believed a bookmakers in the town was burgulared last weekend.

Moville man councillor Farren described the incidents as very “disappointing”.

“My sympathies lie with the small business community at the minute, they are the owns struggling to keep their doors open.

“It is very sad to see how these robberies have crept in over the past number of weeks. It is the small minority of people who are doing this and it is unfortunate for the business community.”

Colr Farren said it is a worrying trend around Inishowen and hopes it doesn’t escalate out of control.

“The small businesses in the town are finding it difficult at the moment, they provide a good service and they don’t deserve to have this happen to them.

“They are just trying to make a living, raise their families and pay their bills, and to have some mindless people come along and do this is completely unacceptable.”

The Labour councillor said the “acts of violence” against business people and home owners will not be tolerated in Moville.

However it is believed there have been a number of burglaries in Buncrana in recent weeks as well.

Colr Farren praised the Gardai for their work with “limited resources”.

“The Gardai are pushed at the minute too. I would encourage people to work with them and report anything suspicious as soon as possible. It is important to keep the lines of communication open at all times.”