Trust warns it may relocate over ‘despicable’ disability transport vandalism


A Northern Ireland Trust has warned it may have to relocate following a series of attacks on its disability transport vehicles.

The warning from the Southern Health and Social Care Trust (SHSCT) comes after vehicles at its Upper Edward Street in Newry site were vandalised, the Armaghi online newspaper reported.

During an emergency meeting between police, politicians, the Trust and community members, Lorraine Magill, Transport Operational Controller for the Southern Health and Social Care Trust (SHSCT), detailed how two vehicles were taken from the site and incurred damaged of around £85,000.

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Speaking following the meeting, Sinn Fein MLA, Liz Kimmins, said: “These attacks are despicable in any circumstance, but as we see the immense pressure our health service is currently under as a result of the global pandemic, it beggars belief why anyone would deliberately do something like this.

“This is not only an attack on the health service, it is an attack on the whole community, and all of those in attendance at Friday’s meeting stand united in strong condemnation of these disgusting incidents.

“The ramifications of the actions of those responsible are far-reaching, and as has been described in the meeting, will also have potential impacts on the safety of staff and service users, as well as local jobs.

“This must stop now and I would urge anyone with information about either of the incidents to report it to the PSNI on 101.”

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