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Police are appealing for information about an incident in Jonesborough last night which saw two people taken to hospital, cars damaged and another vehicle overturned in hit and run collisions.

The incidents took place in the village and Finnegans Road areas just before 7pm last night, 17 August.

 Sergeant Maxwell said, “At around 6:55pm last night, it was reported that a black Toyota Avensis car had been involved in two separate collisions yesterday evening.

 “It is believed that between 6:40pm and 7:30pm, the black Toyota collided first with a white Citroen Berlingo van and then later with a blue Mini Cooper. Two people were taken to hospital for treatment to injuries which are not believed to be life threatening at this time.

“We are appealing to anyone who witnessed what happened or has dashcam or mobile phone footage that could help us identify the driver and passenger we believe were involved in the incident to get in touch."

Sgt Maxwell added “We would also like to reassure the local community that we will be increasing passing patrols in the area and urge anyone with information about any offences to contact police.”

 You can contact police on the non-emergency number 101, quoting reference number 1547 17/08/21 or use the non-emergency reporting form via WWW.PSNI.POLICE.UK

The public can also contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at CRIMESTOPPERS-UK.ORG

MLA, Liz Kimmins and Slieve Gullion Councillor, Cllr  Mickey Larkin have called for an urgent meeting with the PSNI

The MLA explained “In the event an innocent young woman was injured and had to be cut from one vehicle and rushed to hospital. This is not the first time that this type of incident has taken place in the village and people are at their wits end that sooner or later someone will be seriously injured or killed as a result of this criminal and anti-community behaviour”.

Local Councillor Mickey Larkin commenting of the incident said “Residents believe that the same individuals are involved and that a serious drug culture underlies these incidents. Jonesborough is a proud village and community and deserves better than to be held to ransom by this group of thugs.

"Sinn Féin local representatives urge people to come forward with any information they have in relation to these events and bring it to the PSNI. Sinn Féin reps are available to facilitate this process and give any help and assistance necessary to the community”.

MLA Justin McNulty also spoke of his anger. "’m still shocked and angry about the disgraceful scenes in Jonesborough yesterday eve involving a number of vehicles, which has left locals frightened and distressed.

"People’s lives cannot be put at risk because of the reckless actions of a dangerous minority. This behaviour is not reflective of South Armagh, and it has no place in our community - I have been in contact with police both last night and this morning – they must act quickly and decisively to reassure the local community and keep them safe."

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