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Cloughmills ‘Old Mill’ Site Vandalised

The ‘Old Mill’, as it’s affectionately known locally in Cloughtmills, has been the target of vandalism, some of the worst they have said they have ever experienced.

Cloughtmill Community Action team, who run the site and several projects from it, are appealing for information.

Taking to social media, the group said;

“On Saturday night we experienced some of the worst vandalism we have known at The Mill.

“The target was our yurt, the centre of much of the community activity here. It’s where Santa comes to see the children at Christmas, it’s where we celebrate our volunteers, it’s where the toddlers at Free Range Families warm up on cold days.

“We have had coffee mornings, lunches and sleepovers in it. We use it as a base for training. It’s a beautiful place for telling stories, learning and sharing.

“We are beginning to hear that young people were involved. All information is being passed to the police.

“If you know anyone who came home on Saturday night with paint or glitter on their clothes maybe you could have a conversation with them about their activities.

“And who that activity is harming.

No one is paid to work here, we volunteer here for the good of everyone who lives in our village.

“We are really hurt by this and the cost of repairs and replacements will affect the activities we offer here. Please bring forward any information you have.”

Local Councillor Darryl Wilson has said:

“It is shocking that some individuals would go out out of their way to cause such mindless destruction and vandalism at The Mill in Cloughmills. The Mill is a hub that all within the community use for various projects. I would urge anyone that witnessed any suspicious activity in the area on Saturday night to come forward to the PSNI immediately!”

They have also posted some pictures of the amount of damage caused. Please pass on any information to the non emergency number 101 or anonymously to CRIMESTOPPERS

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