No Plans to Increase Village Surveillance Following Anti-Social Claims

By Seamus Whelehan

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Gardaí say they have no plans at present to increase patrols in the Ladysbridge area, following complaints of anti-social behaviour.
Residents in the village have complained in recent weeks of some activity, where a number of youths are alleged to have caused damage on the Church grounds and parking area.
The Force say “Senior Garda Management is satisfied that an adequate policing service continues to… deliver an effective and efficient policing service to the community.”
Over the August Bank Holiday weekend a group of teens have been accused of breaking a window in the local Church, and the demolishing of a heritage wall which has stood for over 200 years.
Books were taken from the Library in the car park and used to set fires which were found smouldering in the jungle area close to the river.
This past weekend there were reports of, 3 youths in the village, kicking a heavy ball at passing motorists.
In response to an enquiry regarding increased patrols in the Ladysbridge area, a spokesperson for An Gárda Siochana said:
“Local Garda Management closely monitors the allocation of all resources in the context of crime trends, policing needs and other operational strategies in place on a District, Divisional and Regional level.”
“[This is managed] to ensure optimum use is made of Gárda resources, and that the best possible Gárda service is provided to the public. This situation is continually reviewed”

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