Robust Garda action needed to combat anti-social behaviour in the Old Cratloe Road area – Quinlivan
Sinn Féin TD Maurice Quinlivan and Councillor John Costelloe have called for decisive Garda action to stop the recent surge in anti-social activity in the Old Cratloe Road area.
Recently the area has been suffering from a large group of teenagers roaming the area and randomly assaulting total strangers with apparent impunity.
According to local residents, a number of adults have suffered severe beatings while one man has had his suffered a broken nose and eye socket, another has been stabbed in unprovoked attacks.
Deputy Quinlivan said;
“It is totally unacceptable that law abiding residents are being subjected to this lawlessness by a large group of roaming teenagers, a number of whom are already well known to the Gardaí.
“What is going on here has moved far beyond anti-social activity and has descended into outright criminality. People are frightened in their own homes.
“I have spoken with the Garda Chief superintendent and requested that extra Gardaí be deployed to the area. I have had numerous calls form upset local residents demanding that the Gardaí clear this element from their streets."
Councillor Costelloe said;
"Residents feel particularly vulnerable after a recent assault when they claim that it took the Gardaí one hour and 20 minutes to respond to the 999 call. An Garda Síochána need to urgently get a grip on this situation.
“It will take a robust Garda response to bring this situation under control. I am disappointed, that a week after the recent serious assault that nobody has yet been charged with the offence.
“The Gardaí need to give this criminality the attention it deserves and bring the culprits before a court of law where hopefully the sentences will match the severity of the crimes committed.
“Is not simply good enough to send around a patrol car now and again. This problem needs a properly prepared and resourced Garda plan of action."