Windows smashed on vehicles used by west Belfast charity

Terry McNeill from the Springfield Charitable Association pictured with one of the mini-buses attacked. Picture by Hugh Russell

STAFF at a charity that helps older people in west Belfast said they have been left devastated after three of its vehicles were vandalised.

Terry McNeill from the Springfield Charitable Association said employees were "heartbroken" by the damage caused over the weekend.

Windows of two mini-buses and one van belonging to the chairity were smashed during an attack at the Cupar Street premises on Sunday.

A police spokesman last night said: "Police are appealing for information following an incident of criminal damage that occurred in the Cupar Street area of west Belfast on the evening of Sunday 11 September.

"Just before 7.35pm, police received a report that windows had been smashed in three vans belonging to a charity association."

Mr McNeill said the 42 older people the charity assists, including 25 who attend on a daily basis, will all feel the effect of the vandalism.

"We're just so devastated," he said.

"All of the windows were smashed and to come and see that, it broke my heart.

"We were feeling the pinch before, but now this is going to make it much worse.

"It took us five years of fund-raise for one of the mini-buses and for this to happen is devastating.

"We are trying to create a new vision for older people, but this a kick in the teeth.

"We are doing this for the community, we are trying our best and for this to happen is just heartbreaking."

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