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Call for increased Garda presence

Tuesday, 14th February, 2017 11:37am

Call for increased Garda presence

FOLLOWING on from recent anti social activities by young teenagers in various estates in Ratoath after the last number of weekends, local councillor Nick Killian has called for a greater visible Garda presence in the village.

Killian said "I have been receiving many complaints from residents in various estates over the last four weeks of anti-social behaviour which appears to be coming from a gang of young teenagers of boys and girls, who have been making a general nuisance by knocking on doors, throwing stones, abusive language, kicking balls against walls, among other nasty behaviour. "I have over the years called for a visible on-street Garda presence rather than Garda cars driving though the village.I simply cannot understand as to why Gardai cannot walk around the village into our estates and build up a rapport with our teenagers. Whilst only a tiny percentage of teenagers create the problems, we are entitled to a better police service for the 10,000 residents that live in the village where we do not have a police station. This is for senior Garda management in the Ashbourne district to make a practical strategic decision to place a on street Garda presence for a certain number of hours during the week and at weekends."