Gardaí arrest six on a 'manic' Halloween night

Simon Brouder

Published 06/11/2013 | 05:36

TRALEE Gardaí had a busy Halloween night with numerous incidents of serious youth disorder reported in various areas around the town.

TRALEE Gardaí had a busy Halloween night with numerous incidents of serious youth disorder reported in various areas around the town.

On a night in which certain areas were described as "chaotic" and "manic" by taxi drivers who spoke to The Kerryman, Gardaí made six arrests for public order offences.

They were also called on to intervene and deal with large gangs of youths who had assembled in several areas on the outskirts of the town from early on Thursday evening.

The most serious trouble was reported in the Caherslee and Mounthawk Areas where a crowd of over 150 teenagers, both boys and girls, had gathered.

Over the course of the evening numerous houses and cars in the area were pelted with eggs while a number of motorists driving through Caherslee also reported that stones had been thrown at their cars.

The area is no stranger to trouble on Halloween night and in previous years has seen a number serious incidents of vandalism and violence. These include one incident on Halloween night 2011 when a taxi was lured into an estate by a caller only to have his car surrounded and pelted with stones and rocks by a gang of teens who had been laying in wait.

There have also been regular reports of motorists driving along the main Tralee to Ardfert road, just after the Mounthawk roundabout, having stones and rocks thrown at their cars.

In anticipation of potential trouble on Halloween night, Gardaí were out in force in all areas of the town with a highly visible presence in most of Tralee's larger estates.

By contrast members of the Tralee Fire Brigade reported a largely trouble free night.

The service attended four bonfires in the town but they found all four were well supervised and monitored by adults and they were able to leave the site of each fire without taking any action.

Kerryman

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