THERE has been calls for tighter security in Waterford city centre after an alleged sexual assault occurred there this weekend.
Gardai were last night investigating the circumstances surrounding the incident where a woman was allegedly attacked on the William Vincent Wallace Plaza in the early hours of Sunday morning.
It is understood the incident occurred at around 4am and the scene was last night remained preserved as Gardai carried out a technical examination.
A man in his early 20s was arrested for questioning in connection with the incident.
This is the second known time in several weeks that the Gardai in Waterford have had to investigate a crime of a similar nature. A man was arrested at the end of July in connection with the rape of teenage girl at St John’s River Walk in the Kilbarry area of the city.
The latest attack occurred as the city was hosting the annual Harvest festival, a three day cultural event which was expected to attract 60,000 visitors to city.
The scene where the crime is alleged to have happened is close to the ‘Viking Triangle’, where many of the weekend’s festivities were being held.
Waterford city councillor Adam Wyse said that this latest attack is “a massive concern for everyone in the city”.
Mr Wyse acknowledged that Garda resources are currently stretched, but said that he would like to see the establishment of a community watch programme, which would be in place at busy periods, in the south-east city.
“We need to look at investing in some security systems or cameras, or some neighbourhood watch set up to marshal the area during festival period or events like this when there are a lot of visitors to the city centre,” he said.
Mr Wyse added that “citizens need to feel safe” as they visit and socialise in the city centre.