Monday 26 February 2018

Gang make life a misery for Orchard Villas residents

Residents in the Orchard Villas estate in Termonfeckin are being terrorised by youths
Residents in the Orchard Villas estate in Termonfeckin are being terrorised by youths

Hubert Murphy

Youths terrorising residents in the Orchard Villas estate in Termonfeckin could be in for a short, sharp shock.

They face being removed from council-owned properties or ultimately imprisonment in a new crackdown on anti-social behaviour.

Residents have been the targets of prolonged mayhem in recent years and those responsible are set to fall foul of the gardai, the Drogheda area Joint Policing Committee meeting heard.

'Come back in a year and tell me there hasn't been huge changes to your way of life,' Supt Andrew Watters told anxious residents who attended the meeting in the Westcourt Hotel.

30 to 40 people are involved in incidents that take place 'seven nights a week'.

Vulnerable members of the community are forced to leave their lights on all the time as bangers are thrown in their letter boxes.

It is believed the majority of people involved in the attacks are from outside the immediate area.

'It happens day and night,' one of the residents stated.

'We can put a plan in place and if it's public disorder we can deal with them,' Supt Watters added.

Director of Services at Louth County Council Joe McGuinness added that they have a process where people can lodge complaints against residents of council owned properties if they are involved in anti-social behaviour. They are strictly confidential and are investigated and if problems are found, the council will 'go the whole way and put these people out if necessary'.

Chief Supt Sean Ward said anti social behaviour orders (ASBOs) are designed to tackle issues like this in estates in particular. Those involved get warnings and if they persist, can face imprisonment.

Drogheda Independent

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