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'Alice is traumatised. We must move this bus stop' - stabbing victim's mum

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The isolated bus stop where the 20-year-old student was mugged

The isolated bus stop where the 20-year-old student was mugged

The isolated bus stop where the 20-year-old student was mugged

The mother of a student who was stabbed in a robbery while waiting for a bus is calling for the isolated Blanchardstown stop to be relocated.

Gwen Jackson, the mother of victim Alice Ridsdale-Dooner, said her daughter had been left traumatised by the attack.

Alice (20) was waiting at the bus stop, which is on a slip way, on Saturday at about 8pm, for the 105 bus home to Ratoath, when a man jumped from bushes.

"She had just been at the cinema with a friend who got the 109 bus home from the same stop moments earlier," Ms Jackson said.

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"A young man wearing a grey hoodie and a bandana came out of the bushes, grabbed her and threatened her with what looked like a bread knife.

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Gwen Jackson with her daughter Alice Ridsdale-Dooner

Gwen Jackson with her daughter Alice Ridsdale-Dooner

Gwen Jackson with her daughter Alice Ridsdale-Dooner

"He said he would stab her if she didn't give him her bag so she did, but he knew somehow that she had her phone in her pocket and demanded that too," she said. "He may have been watching from the bushes and saw her put it away."

In the struggle for her phone, the attacker cut Alice's hand and then ran off when two girls arrived to help her.

"The bus was coming up the slip way too at the time. The two young girls, also from Ratoath, sat with her on the bus to make sure she was OK and brought her home right to the door," Ms Jackson said.

"I'm so glad the girls came along when they did. She's very upset and traumatised by it all. It's an open wound on her hand but it's OK."

Ms Jackson called gardai on Saturday evening and officially reported the incident at Blanchardstown on Sunday.

She urged people to add to the 2,000 signatures on the petition to move the stop.

"It's so dangerous there. The bus stop is so badly lit up and isolated from anywhere," she said. "It's a stop that is used by a lot of students."

Andrew Ralph, peace commissioner and chairman of the East Meath and North Dublin Bus Users Association, said passengers were "sitting ducks" for crime at the bus stop, which had no shelter, security, cameras and was dimly lit.

"Over the months, a number of women have contacted me to say that men have pulled up at the bus stop and tried to coerce them to get into their cars," he said.

"Bus Eireann have to sit up and take note of the dangers."

In July, a number of teens were mugged near the stop on their way to catch a bus home.

In a statement, Bus Eireann said: "Bus Eireann northbound routes out of Dublin do not service Blanchardstown SC, due to major congestion issues there, and the majority of customers on board are travelling further to destinations in Meath or Louth and beyond.

"We do have a pick-up stop on the slipway road to service the area, and also ensure overall journey time reliability."

The statement said bus stop locations were also overseen by the National Transport Authority, while lighting was provided by local authorities. Gardai were responsible for anti-social behaviour and the company co-operated whenever incidents happened.


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