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Locals angry over daylight drug dealing

Published 01/01/2013 | 11:44

RESIDENTS OF Carlow town estates say they are terrified by drug dealers who are operating in broad daylight at the back of their homes.

Representatives from JKL, O'Hanrahan's Avenue, Roncalli and McGamhna Road called on the Gardai to put a stop to the drug dealing and anti social behavior that they have witnessed in back laneways by their houses.

The residents attended a recent Joint Policing Committee with top members of the Gardai, Superintendent Gerry Redmond, Inspector Martin Walker and Sgt John Foley, to raise concerns about their safety.

'I saw it through my back window,' said one angry neighbour. 'I was afraid to report it to the guards in case of backlash from the families involved.

'I was looking at it at 3.05 p. m, in the middle of the day, at the corner between O'Hanrahan's Avenue and JKL. It's happening all the time.'

Inspector Walker urged the residents to report the matter at the time and assured them that their calls would be treated anonymously. 'A car won't be calling to your door,' he said. Town Clerk Michael Brennan and local councilor Tom O'Neill said they were both aware of the situation and reminded everyone that a full inventory on all the laneways and alleyways around Carlow town is currently underway.

'Every single one of them is being looked at,' said Cllr O'Neill who is a resident of JKL.

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