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Crackdown on park behaviour

Gardai have pledged to ramp up measures to tackle anti-social behaviour in local parks.

Poppintree park is still attracting young people who are using it to engage in anti-social behaviour at the weekends.

Previously, thousands of euro of damage was caused at the site when vandals set playground equipment alight. Shops in the Poppintree area have also had their windows smashed.

In recent weeks a bin was also set on fire in Balcurris park and damage was caused to the all-weather pitch there.

At a recent safety forum gardai assured residents they would be stepping up security measures at local parks to combat the issue.

This week, five new gardai joined the station and it is hoped that the additional manpower will help.