16 April 2019
Local DUP representatives have condemned the latest theft of an ATM machine, after a machine was ripped from the wall of a shop in Bushmills.
North Antrim MLA Mervyn Storey is also a member of the Northern Ireland Policing Board. He said “A few weeks ago I met with representatives from the PSNI taskforce focused on ATM thefts. We were encouraged with actions taken, but stressed that it would be important to see results.
Whilst everyone understands the difficulties in tackling this spate of thefts there is an urgent need to ensure those responsible are brought to justice. The theft of ATM machines is not just hitting the heart of those communities directly affected but putting pressure on other shop owners who fear their premises may be next.
There has been a prolonged and sustained campaign of attacks on machines right across Northern Ireland. The Easter weekend marks the beginning of the tourist season on the North Coast and it is shameful that residents and visitors to Bushmills have been robbed of this vital service.”
Local Councillor Sharon McKillop added, “This is a blow to the whole community in Bushmills. Having spoken to people today I know that the local community are angered and upset that this has happened in their village.
Everyone on the North Coast is looking ahead to what should be a fantastic summer for tourism with the Open Championship and the 90th anniversary of the North West 200. ATMs are an absolutely vital service for both residents and visitors alike.
It is not just the loss of the service, but damage has been done to a business premises and two large pieces of heavy machinery have been stolen and burned. The combined damage to the local economy is huge and it is vital that the public can see some results from the police investigation into these crimes.”