Alderman Jim Speers
THE vandals responsible for spray painting a newly refurbished property in Richhill have been branded morons.
Damage was also caused to exterior of the building after thugs targetted it last week.
The building, on Main Street, had been one of a number of buildings which benefitted from renovation work through the scheme operated by Richhill Buildings Preservation Trust.
The Richhill Townscape Heritage Initiative focused on the central historic core of the village. It aimed to initiate the social and economic regeneration of the village.
Plans included repairing and restoring key historic properties, improving the quality of open spaces, and bringing redundant buildings back into commercial use. These improvements were to act as a catalyst for further regeneration of the area – maintaining and raising the heritage value of its conservation area status.
The Townscape Heritage Initiative concentrated on Main Street, which was historically the commercial core of the village. It also focused on selected properties on the bordering Irish Street, Tandragee Street and Maynooth Road.
Trust Chairman, Alderman Jim Speers said he was disgusted to learn of the graffiti.
“I just can’t work out what goes through someone’s head when they decide to do something like this. They are morons,” said Mr Speers.
“The police have been alerted and I hope the unique nature of the graffiti can be used to track down the person responsible for it.
“I would appeal for anyone who knows anything about this person to contact the police immediately. A lot of hard work has gone into transforming the centre of Richhill, the village is the envy of many of other towns and villages.
“Therefore we can’t stand back and let people like this get away with undoing this hard work. Anyone caught vandalising anywhere in the village shouldf be caught and brought before the courts. We need a zero tolerance approach in order to stamp this out.”