HC Deb 31 July 1899 vol 75 cc854-5

I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland if, owing to the numerous outrages committed in Stoneyford and the vicinity, he can see his way to establish a police protection station in that locality, seeing that the nearest police station to Stoneyford is Lisburn, which is five miles distant; whether his attention has been called to the fact that quite recently the licensed premises belonging to a Mr. MacMurrough, which he had purchased at a cost of over £200, were burnt down in his absence; and also to the fact that, within the past two years, there have been several malicious burnings of hay, including a £30 lot belonging to the rector, the Rev. Mr. M'Knight, and a lot belonging to a Mr. John Laird, and that damage to the extent of £17 was done to the brass fixings of the new waterworks; and can he recommend the establishment of a police station at this dangerous place.


It is true that within the past two years a quantity of hay belonging to the Rector and to Mr. Laird was burned, and that the waterworks at Stoneyford were damaged. These incidents occurred more than eleven months ago. It is also the fact that the house of Mr. MacMurrough, which was purchased for less than one-half of the sum mentioned, was recently destroyed by fire. The information before me does not bear out the hon. Member's description of this place as "dangerous," and it is not considered necessary to establish a police station there.