Wednesday 29 January 2020

'I don't want to witness a kid dying' - Shock images show children scale four-storey building

Locals concerned as children as young as seven are climbing 50-foot building

Three young boys on top of the Clonard Village Centre in October 2016
Three young boys on top of the Clonard Village Centre in October 2016
Amy Molloy

Amy Molloy

Residents in a Co Wexford village are calling for action to be taken after a number of children were seen running along the roof of a four-storey building.

A video recorded by one local on Saturday shows a young boy climbing onto the roof of the Clonard Village Centre and running across it.

Pictures taken by another resident show two children on top of the building, with one boy appearing to stumble.

The video and pictures were posted on Facebook but have since been removed.

Labour councillor George Lawlor was alerted to the incidents by concerned parents and said the children are "extremely lucky" they were not seriously injured.

"I was completely shocked at the sight of these young children nonchalantly running across such a high building," Cllr Lawlor told Independent.ie.

A young boy on top of the Clonard Village Centre in October 2016
A young boy on top of the Clonard Village Centre in October 2016

"It could have ended fatally. Residents in the area are very concerned about how they managed to get up there and want the appropriate action to be taken to ensure it doesn’t happen again."

Clonard Village Centre houses a number of shops and apartments and is a relatively new development.

A man living near the centre, who asked to remain anonymous, said that this wasn’t the first time children have put their lives at risk climbing the 50-foot building.

He sent photographs to Independent.ie showing three young boys on top of the centre back in October 2016.

Gardaí said they are investigating the incidents
Gardaí said they are investigating the incidents

"They were involved in a dangerous game of 'free running,' I believe it's called," he said.

"I do not want to witness another child on that roof, perhaps falling and dying."

Gardaí received a number of complaints about the incidents and said they are currently investigating.

"We will contact the parents of the people involved and have also contacted the property management company to ensure the necessary precautions are put in place to stop this happening in future," Inspector Denis Whelan said.

Independent.ie has contacted the property management company for comment.

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