Rush locals are mulling public patrols to deter gangs

by Sylvia Pownall
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[vc_row][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_column_text]Rush residents are proposing “peaceful patrols” of the town in a bid to tackle gangs who are terrorising teens and mugging them at knifepoint.

A group of 20 or more thugs who are known to gardai continue to travel by train to towns and villages across Fingal, isolating lone teen victims and assaulting them.

Last weekend a teenager was attacked by a large gang outside a chip shop for his mobile phone and another youth was jumped on by six thugs who stole his phone.

The Rush and Lusk Against Crime Facebook page is now urging parents to keep their children safe and to advise them to conceal their phones in public.

They posted: “Maybe get them not to take out their phones with gangs around, cross the road if they see them coming, etc. Have a discussion with them.”

The group stressed it was not suggesting any form of vigilante activity in proposing community patrols, adding: “We need to do something to make the estates safe again.”

Gangs have been causing trouble across Fingal targeting towns and villages accessible by train including Rush, Lusk, Donabate, Malahide and Portmarnock.

Fianna Fail TD Darragh O’Brien held the first in a series of public meetings on crime in Malahide last week and said residents were feeling neglected and scared.

He said: “The towns and villages that are dealing with pockets of criminality are fantastic places that should not have to endure this negativity.

“Gangs of thugs that have run amok since October know all too well that local gardai do not have the capacity to deal with the fear and problems they are creating.

“As long as they know Garda resources are down, they will likely continue to travel to our area to cause torment and drum up fear.”

He called for increased garda resources for Fingal, which has had manpower cut by 20% in a period when the population increased by 8%.

Deputy Sean Haughey (FF) called for more gardai in Clongriffin and Baldoyle where 16 highspec Audi cars had their wheels stolen in one night alone in October.

He said: “As the evenings get darker, some parents have said they are hesitant to let their children out and they don’t like venturing out themselves either. “They would feel more at ease if there was a greater garda presence and increased patrols.”[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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