Long condemns bus attack in Newtownards

Date published: 01 November 2021

Justice Minister Naomi Long has said: “I totally condemn this deplorable attack on an early morning bus service in Newtownards this morning.

Justice Minister Naomi Long pictured

“Spraying the interior of a public bus with liquid and setting it alight will achieve nothing other than spreading fear and causing disruption to much needed services in communities. My thoughts are with the driver and everyone affected by this incident.   The risk to public safety was significant. No one going about their business should be subjected to this kind of wanton violence and destruction.  

“This criminality has no place in society. This is not the image of Northern Ireland that we want for our citizens. This is not what people who are already dealing with concerns about the pandemic and rising costs need to be waking up to this morning.

“I urge anyone with any information to contact the PSNI.”

Notes to editors: 

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