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Wicklow uplands can't be allowed turn into a no-go area due to crime - John Brady TD

25 August, 2019 - by John Brady TD

Sinn Féin TD for Wicklow John Brady has asked cyclists to take caution and be vigilant when cycling in the Wicklow mountains.

The comments come after an appalling incident on Saturday evening when a cyclist was forced off the road by two men in a car and his bike stolen. Deputy Brady also said that Wicklow uplands can’t be allowed turn into a no-go area due to crime.

Deputy Brady said;

“I am appalled at the horrific incident that took place close to the Sally Gap in the Wicklow Mountains on Saturday evening. A lone cyclist was forced off the road and into a ditch by two men in a car. The men then proceeded to steal the man’s bike.

“Thankfully the man wasn’t seriously injured in the incident and he reported it to the Gardaí.

“Unfortunately, this isn’t the first attack on cyclists in the Dublin/Wicklow Mountains; there have been a number of other similar attacks in which cyclists were targeted for their bikes.

“We also have a serious problem with car break-ins at beauty spots in the Wicklow uplands. We can’t allow crime and horrific incidents like the one on Saturday evening turn the Wicklow Mountains into no-go areas.

"There is a need for additional Garda resources to be deployed in the Wicklow uplands to deter these types of crimes from happening and to ensure that people can enjoy the beauty that Wicklow has to offer.

“I urge ask cyclists to take caution and be vigilant when out cycling in the Dublin/Wicklow Mountains on their own. These criminals are targeting cyclists as some bikes can be very expensive and if anyone is offered a white and red Trek 1.7 bike with white saddle and handlebars for sale to report it to An Garda Síochána."

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