Tuesday 20 August 2019

'Crime is getting out of control' - Shock as family's car set on fire in broad daylight

Kathy Armstrong

Kathy Armstrong

A scared man has said that he fears crime is "getting out of control" after a family's car was set set alight in broad daylight.

Shocking footage sent to Independent.ie shows a vehicle on fire on Mabbot Lane in Dublin City at around 11.30am on Sunday.

A person who was working nearby said this is the second time they have seen something like this happen on that street in just a month.

They said: "I saw the vehicle on fire and then I saw two young people running away from the car afterwards, but I don't actually know if they were definitely involved.

"I saw the young family who own the car coming out of their building a short while later and they were talking to the guards.

"The couple looked very upset and their children seemed pretty scared."

The witness said that after a fire crew put out the blaze, the vehicle was towed away.

They said they are worried that incidents like this are becoming too common.

They said: "I am only fairly new to the area but this is the second time I've seen something like this happen in a month, I'm concerned this could start happening more and more often.

"I've seen more garda cars in the area but the situation seems like crime is getting out of control, I really don't know what the solution is."

Local  Sinn Fein Councillor Janice Boylan said that she is "disappointed and annoyed" about this incident.

She said: "Anything that happens of an anti-social nature does shock me, it's not something that we want to see happening in our community.

"We want to be able to say to people that coming to town or living in town is good but then when things like this happens it paints a bad picture and everybody in the area gets tarred with the same brush.

"It really disappoints me, it annoys me when the area gets a bad name."

She also said that investment is needed in the inner city to tackle anti-social behaviour.

Cllr Boylan said: "We need more policing on the street, the gardai on the beat probably know we need more resources to tackle issues like this and stamp it out, we need more garda presence in the area.

"If we want to tackle anti-social behaviour then we need to tackle it from the top - the government needs to look at this in sections.

"We need to fund and resource the gardai in the area and fund and resource youth projects so that young people have something to do.

"It really does come down to the area being neglected for so long."

A garda spokeswoman said: "An incident of criminal damage by fire occurred on Mabbot Lane, D1 on the 15th Oct 2017 at 11.30am.

"Gardai and DFB attended the scene of a car on fire. The matter is currently under investigation."

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