McDonough Brown condemns ‘thugs’ behind Markets disorder

Alliance Councillor Emmet McDonough Brown has condemned those behind a series of vandalism attacks in the Markets area as “thugs who have no place in the community”.

The South Belfast Councillor was speaking after a number of cars were targeted on Monday afternoon, with at least two being set on fire.

He added: “There is no excuse for this type of behaviour and I would appeal for calm in the local area as we head into this evening.

“Anti-social behaviour of any kind is never acceptable and those behind this latest attack on the people of Belfast must recognise their actions will only serve to make the local community stronger, as they stand in the face of those attempting to bring fear and intimidation back onto the streets.

“Belfast is a thriving, cosmopolitan city and we cannot allow the thugs behind these recent attacks to detract from the positive image of Belfast that attracts investors and tourists alike.”

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