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Pay & Display Machines in Chester Street Car-Park attacked 2 January 2008

Severe criminal damage was caused to two Pay & Display Machines in Chester Street Car-Park on the nights of the 28th and 29th December in what is believed to have been attempted theft. Although both machines sustained substantial damage, the thieves were unable to break into the machines to steal the cash boxes as they are specially built to withstand such attacks.

The Police currently have one person helping with their enquiries and would like to hear from anyone with information concerning the attacks.

Mr Juan Watterson MHK, Member of DLGE with responsibility for its properties explained,

“All the Pay and Display machines in our car parks are emptied on a daily basis in the late afternoon so there is very little money left in the machines overnight. These machines are built to the highest specification and so there is little possibility of thieves extracting any money from them. Although the thieves were unsuccessful they have caused a considerable amount of damage running into many thousands of pounds and created significant inconvenience for those motorists who use the car park. The Department is working with the Police to combat any anti-social behaviour or vandalism in Chester Street Car Park on a nightly basis and will be taking this incident further as this kind of behaviour will not be tolerated.”

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