Tuesday 30 May 2017

Irish nurse says locals are protecting area from 'yobs'

Eimear Ni Bhraonain

AN Irish nurse living in England yesterday spoke of local people protecting their homes from "hooded yobs" in her usually peaceful neighbourhood.

Martina O'Keeffe had a frightening experience when she had to walk by a group of thugs on her way home from work.

The normally peaceful journey from Chase Farm Hospital to her home in Enfield frightened the Kilkenny mum.

"I was coming home from work last night and I met a group of hooded yobs, I'd call them, coming along my road," she said .

"The police came along behind and loaded them into a van and took them away so I was able to continue to my house. After that, I saw groups of 'good guys' marching along at the top of the road with the police -- protecting the area basically."

Martina said around 60 male residents had gathered to protect their property but this soon increased to around 400.

"They're planning to do the same tonight. They're just trying to protect the area because they're saying the police can't handle it at this stage.

"My daughter, Chloe, is in Kilkenny on her holidays for four weeks. My family are looking after her and I'm coming home for two and a half weeks. Everybody just wants to get out of London at this stage," she added.

Irish Independent

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