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Monkstown fears over yob element

ANTI-SOCIAL behaviour has become rife across parts of south county Dublin with houses being firebombed and cars routinely broken into.

Parts of Monkstown and Mountown are being turned into "no go areas" according to a local councillor.

In recent weeks, residents have had to endure a series of attacks, including one incident where youths erected a makeshift barrier to block families into a housing estate.

On another occasion, a house was fire-bombed in the Fitzgerald Park/Mountown area.



Fearful

Already, one youth has been charged in relation to damaging 11 cars in the Monkstown area including one belonging to well-known journalist Lucinda O'Sullivan.

Cllr Mary Mitchell O'Connor says that problem is getting so out of hand that residents no longer feel safe in their estates.

"I have received a number of complaints from residents of these areas who are very fearful in the wake of serious criminal behaviour," she told the Herald.

"This has had a very negative impact on the decent residents in the area."

The Dun Laoghaire politician noted that the incidents are becoming so regular that one annoyed local carried out a citizen's arrest in Sallynoggin last week.

She added that a number of cars have also been broken into in the York Road vicinity.

"I am calling for increased community policing in these areas. A visible Garda presence should act as a deterrent.

"I would urge parents to encourage their children to stay close to home and to impose acceptable curfews as the winter months approach."

She explained that worried residents are blaming part of the problem on underage drinking.

"Adults have been seen buying drink for minors in local off-licences, but I've been told that a lot of these people agree to do so because they feel intimidated by the gangs of young people hanging around outside the local shops and green areas," she said.

Earlier this week, Gary Dunster (19) from Eadair Road, Stoneybatter, appeared before Dun Laoghaire District Court charged with damaging 11 cars.

After a garda told the court he had no objection to bail in the case on condition the defendant stays away from the area, unless visiting relatives, Judge Claire Leonard remanded him on bail until December 13 for a probation report.

kdoyle@herald.ie


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