Sunday 4 December 2016

Let's reclaim our streets and make them safe for citizens and visitors alike

Published 23/07/2015 | 02:30

The random attack on tourist Dafydd Hughes occurred on the zoo strip that is O'Connell Street
The random attack on tourist Dafydd Hughes occurred on the zoo strip that is O'Connell Street
Welsh tourist Dafydd Hughes was standing at a bus stop in Dublin city centre when a snarling youth lunged at him with a broken bottle, leaving him with a gash to his head

'What are you smiling at?" Snarling, a youth lunged with a broken bottle at a tourist who was waiting with his family for a sightseeing bus. The innocent bystander, less than two hours in Ireland, was left covered in blood from a head wound and was lucky he didn't lose an eye.

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The random attack occurred on the zoo strip that's O'Connell Street in Dublin city centre last weekend, but such vicious, unprovoked assaults are not isolated incidents. They take place at any hour of the day or night. Often they are motiveless and mindless.

Citizens are fearful for their safety and possessions, and rightly so. But at least they are prepared, and on the lookout for trouble. As for tourists, unwarned and unwary they are lambs to the slaughter.

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