Gritter pelted in Strabane

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Teens pelted a Road Service gritter lorry with snowballs before climbing onto the moving vehicle in Strabane, it’s been revealed.

Local community representatives have said the incident at Ballycolman Estate on Tuesday night could have had tragic consequences.

Strabane Sinn Féin councillor Brian Mc Mahon said a number of teenagers who had been pelting the gritter with snowballs then climbed onto the vehicle while it was moving and attempted to pull the doors open.

He said: “Road Service officials were very concerned about this development, not least because it could have had potentially tragic consequences.

“No-one wants to dampen the natural enjoyment that young people get from the onset of snow, but this serious incident last night (Tuesday) is an example of just how some young people seem to get carried away, not only putting others in danger but also in this instance themselves.

“If one of the young people who climbed on the moving gritter lorry had slipped and fallen off they would have undoubtedly been injured and we could have been facing a tragedy.

“Attacking any vehicle with snowballs, never mind an essential emergency service vehicle is risking the life and limb of those in the vehicles as well any pedestrians who would be unfortunate enough to be in the vicinity.”