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wits end Councillor blames 'serious drug culture' after hit-and-run collisions in Co Armagh village

One woman had to be cut from a vehicle and was treated in hospital

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CCTV caught the moment the Citroen van overturned

CCTV caught the moment the Citroen van overturned

CCTV caught the moment the Citroen van overturned

Images and videos have emerged after an incident in Jonesborough last night which saw several people hospitalised after separate collisions involving a Toyota Avensis in the County Armagh village.

The driver and the passenger of the car are still being sought by police after a van ended up on its side before the Avensis collided with a blue Mini Cooper.

A woman also had to be cut from a vehicle following the incident.

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The wreckage of the Avensis from which the driver and occupant fled

The wreckage of the Avensis from which the driver and occupant fled

The wreckage of the Avensis from which the driver and occupant fled

A Sinn Féin MLA said that it was not the “first time” such an incident has happened in the area, describing local people as being at their “wits end”.

Video footage captured by CCTV shows a vehicle colliding with a van before the van turns over.

Images also show the wreckage of a car understood to be the Toyota Avensis involved in the incident.

The Sunday World understands the driver of the vehicle and the passenger fled the area after the vehicle they were travelling in became demobilised due to damage sustained in the second collision with the Mini.

It is also thought a vehicle which was reportedly later burnt at a property in the village was linked to the collisions.

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A vehicle that was later burnt out is understood to be linked to the incident

A vehicle that was later burnt out is understood to be linked to the incident

A vehicle that was later burnt out is understood to be linked to the incident

Sinn Féin’s Liz Kimmins said: “In the event an innocent young woman was injured and had to be cut from one vehicle and rushed to hospital.

“This is not the first time that this type of incident has taken place in the village and people are at their wits end that sooner or later someone will be seriously injured or killed as a result of this criminal and anti-community behaviour.”

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Local Sinn Féin Councillor Mickey Larkin added: “Residents believe that the same individuals are involved and that a serious drug culture underlies these incidents.

“Jonesborough is a proud village and community and deserves better than to be held to ransom by this group of thugs.

“Sinn Féin local representatives urge people to come forward with any information they have in relation to these events and bring it to the PSNI.

“Sinn Féin reps are available to facilitate this process and give any help and assistance necessary to the community.”

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Locals soon gathered at the scene

Locals soon gathered at the scene

Locals soon gathered at the scene

A PSNI spokesperson said: “At around 6:55pm [on Tuesday] night , it was reported that a black Toyota Avensis car had been involved in two separate collisions yesterday evening.

“It is believed that between 6:40pm and 7:30pm, the black Toyota collided first with a white Citroen Berlingo van and then later with a blue Mini Cooper.

“Two people were taken to hospital for treatment to injuries which are not believed to be life threatening at this time.

“We are appealing to anyone who witnessed what happened or has dashcam or mobile phone footage that could help us identify the driver and passenger we believe were involved in the incident to get in touch.

“Anyone with information should contact police on the non-emergency number 101, quoting reference number 1547 17/08/21.

“We would also like to reassure the local community that we will be increasing passing patrols in the area and urge anyone with information about any offences to contact police.”

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