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Wednesday 23 April 2014

Garda crackdown on 'bad eggs' in rural town

RETAILERS in a rural town are being urged not to sell eggs and flour to wayward teens following a recent spate of attacks on passing cars, writes Anita Guidera.

The ingredients, more usually associated with pancakes, are threatening to be a recipe for disaster in the hands of a small number of mischievous second level students in the twin towns of Stranorlar and Ballybofey in Co Donegal.

Following a number of complaints, gardai took the unusual step of urging shop owners not to sell the products to teenagers wearing school uniforms during their lunchtime break.

"The students are supplied by the schools with eggs for home economics classes so there is no need to purchase them during dinner breaks," a garda statement said.

One motorist complained that he was almost put off the road when his car was struck by an egg last week.

"I was driving through Stranorlar at lunchtime when an egg slammed into the driver's window of my car," he said.

"It could have caused a serious accident."

Local shop owner and county councillor Alice Bonner said she had stopped selling eggs and flour to teens some time ago.

But lunchtime problems created by large numbers of teens descending on town centres is not confined to Stranorlar and Ballybofey.

Also this week, the principals of Letterkenny's two largest secondary schools joined forces in a letter to parents appealing for their assistance in encouraging their children to behave well.

Father Michael Carney, principal of St Eunan's College, and Noel O'Fearraigh, principal of the Loreto Convent, said they were responding to complaints received from gardai and retailers in the town.

In the letter circulated to parents of up to 2,000 students, the principals said that "a minority of students" had been giving cause for concern.

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