Monday 23 October 2017

Another break-in at centre

Ballytivnan Resource Centre
Ballytivnan Resource Centre

Emma Gallagher

Gardai are investigating a second break in at the resource centre in Ballytivnan.

This happened five days after an arson attack caused thousands of euro worth of damage the week before.

The second break in occurred early on Wednesday morning.

Gardaí said that a television and confectionery items were taken, while there was also ancillary damage caused.

They have carried out a technical examination and are examining CCTV footage.

"We are keeping an open mind on whether both incidents are linked and are awaiting the technical results.

"We are appealing for the public's assistance, if anyone saw anything suspicious between five and nine am on Wednesday morning, they should contact Sligo Garda station."

Singer Sandy Kelly, whose daughter Barbara uses the centre, said that she was too upset to even tell her about the second break in.

She added: "I am absolutely disgusted that this happened again.

"It is pure devastation, there have been four break ins now to the centre.

"Security guards are working there now since Wednesday.

"Somebody knows something and we're appealing for them to come forward.

"They even took teabags and crisps."

Sandy said that there has been a huge response since the arson attack with people wanting to donate money.

"My son, William has set up a way for people to give money through

"So many people have been great, holding their own fundraisers, such as cooking demonstrations, quilt making.

"The date of the concert that I am organising is on October 9th in the Sligo Park.

"We cannot let the people who come here go unprotected," Sandy added.

The Ballytivnan centre is currently closed for its summer break.

A statement from the HSE said that a new security system has been installed and security patrols are in place.

"There are no cash stores, valuable equipment or drugs held in the centre and the HSE is at a loss to understand the break-in."

Teresa Dykes, service manager, said that the priority is that the centre will be able to open on August 18th for its 33 users.

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