John Street residents to stand and fight

Hubert Murphy

Published 16/10/2013 | 05:28

John Street residents and business owners say action needs to be taken on anti-social behaviour at the town centre street.

RESIDENTS and traders on one of Drogheda's busiest streets have had enough.

From now on, drug dealers, vandals and knife wielding youths won't be terrorising John Street as they've done for months.

A meeting on Monday night heard how a series of incidents have contributed to a living nightmare for many people, some simply unable to sleep at night.

Others are afraid to leave their homes.

But the John Street Residents and Traders Alliance is set to tackle the problem.

'First up will be a meeting with the gardai, the borough council and the Tuath Housing group. The people here have had enough and some are very frightened. But others are not and we have to find a resolution to this,' new Alliance chairman Karl Whelan stated.

The meeting heard from others who said they'd have no problems 'sorting out' the individuals who are roaming the area at all hours of the night.

'Is it time for a vigilante group to be set up in this town?,' one asked. 'People have to fight back against these thugs. If armed resistance is needed, it's needed.'

Such was the feeling, local councillor Frank Godfrey stated that he would hold a town-wide meeting in the Westcourt Hotel on Monday November 4th at 7.30pm, urging residents, concerned people and traders to come along.

'What we've found on John Street is similiar to West Street and other places. There are individuals making life hell for people and I know workers in shops are worried. Any drug crazed individual could come in with a knife, I know it has happened in John Street a few months ago.'

The John Street Alliance will be seeking a CCTV system in the area and the eviction of drug dealers from the locality.

A pensioner was threatened with a knife recently and graffiti is proving to be a scurge.

'People want to sleep easy at night and just want a quiet life. I'm sick of picking up dirty needles and I've told the borough council that,' the chairman added.

Drogheda Independent

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