Another robbery at youth service

'SICK AND TIRED' STAFF AND TEENS APPEAL FOR HELP

FERGAL MADDOCK

Published 23/10/2012|15:08

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A BALBRIGGAN-based youth service has been hit by heartless thieves for the fourth time in five months, which has prompted a call for local people to help them catch the perpetrators.

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The Foróige-managed building, located at Linen Hall on Mill Street at the heart of the North Fingal town, was hit again on October 16, making it the fourth such incident since June. Staff at the Balbriggan Youth Service have expressed 'outrage' at the audacity of the people, who have repeatedly targeted a crucial centre for the development of young people.

A BALBRIGGAN-based youth service has been hit by heartless thieves for the fourth time in four months, which has prompted a call for local people to help them catch the perpetrators. The Foroige-managed building, located at Linen Hall on Mill Street at the heart of the town, was hit again on October 16, making it the fourth such incident since June. Staff at Balbriggan Youth Service have expressed ' outrage' at the audacity of the people, who have repeatedly targeted a crucial community centre for the development of young people.

They have now issued an appeal to local people to help those behind the crimes be caught before ' they ruin all the good work that is being done in our town'. 'Balbriggan Youth Service provides an invaluable service to young people in the town aged ten to 21 and provides informal education and a safe place for them to go to be with their friends. We are managed by Foróige, the National Youth Organisation, and we are a registered charity,' the staff wrote in an open letter to local people this week.

'We do not have money or vast amounts of equipment that is worth stealing. However, some individual out there seems to think that we can easily replace the resources that have taken four years to build up through a lot of hard work and fundraising by staff and volunteers. 'We are outraged at the audacity of this person/people, who keep coming back and targeting a crucial community centre for the development of young people,' continued the letter. 'When someone steals from the youth service they are stealing from the young people that attend here on a weekly basis. They themselves are as sick and tired of these break-ins as we – the staff and volunteers – are. ' There are over 200 young people coming to various groups such as drug education, sex education, personal development, cookery, junior and senior youth committees, youth cafe, drop in and the copping on (crime awareness programme) group.

There are also a number of clubs that run in this youth service which are completely volunteer led – Monday red door club, Wednesday Club, Drama Club, Art attack and the dance club.' They have urged local people, if they suspect anything, to report it to the Gardai. If anybody living around Linen Court, McNeal Hall or around the Wise Owl bookshop knows or sees anything, please contact Gardaí. If you hear of any dodgy dealings of laptops, cameras, Playstation 3 please inform them at (01) 8496708 or the Gardai at (01) 8412202. 'We must all pull together and stop these crimes and those who commit them before they ruin all the good work that is being done in our town of Balbriggan,' the staff concluded.

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