Wednesday 13 December 2017

Six arrests after chaotic scenes at Waterford RAG week

Waterford Institute of Technology.
Waterford Institute of Technology.

Jennifer McShane

Six people were arrested on Friday morning after Waterford Rag Week (RAG) descended into chaos when a number of students got out of hand.

The incident occurred just after 2am on Friday morning when hundreds of students arrived on John Street in Waterford following the closure of the nightclubs.

The celebrations soon got out of hand as Gardaí were called to the scene at 2.30am after a large group reportedly refused to leave the area. It is understood that a number of flares were discharged among the crowd.

“Six persons were arrested in total,” Gardaí told independent.ie. “Five for public order offences and one for criminal damage. The persons arrested were between 19 and 22 years of age.”

“All were subsequently released without charge, and the investigations are ongoing.”

The Waterford Institute of Technology Students Union (WITSU) released a statement following the incident, saying they condemned any acts of anti-social behaviour.

“We are currently working with all authorities concerned in the investigation,” a spokesperson said.

“WITSU condemns any acts of anti-social behaviour of a minority of people. However, we would like to note the thousands of students who positively got involved in our Raise and Give Week (RAG) campaign that has already generated thousands of euros for our four worthy charities.

“Until all information on the incidents is clear WITSU has no further comment,” they added.

According to social media, among the arrests, a Garda hat was also stolen. It is understood is has now been returned.

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