Call for more gardai as problems escalate in Bawnogue

by Padraig Conlon

A bigger garda presence is required in Bawnogue due to an increase in drug dealing and burned out cars in the area.

This is according to Councillor Francis Timmons who says residents are telling him they’ve had enough.

“There is now 8 burned out cars in the canal field and residents are sick of the open drug dealing and criminal activity that has seen an upward spiral of late,” Cllr Timmons told Dublin Gazette.

“There is a notable increase of people coming into the area to buy crack and weed and local residents are sick of it.

“I have had a lot of contact from residents and have reported concerns to SDCC anti-social unit and the Guards who both need to act swiftly to deal with the issues.

“I know some arrests have been made of late and some progress is being made but the residents who have contacted me feel there is a lack of action and this simply would not be allowed continue if it where anywhere else.

“I am asking SDCC to get these cars removed and look at any ways we can make it more difficult to access the canal area.‘

“No one should be living in fear or feel intimidated, I have reports of people feeling afraid in their area and feeling intimidated. 

“There is no place for such open criminal behaviours in our community, I would call on parents to be aware of where their children are at all times and what they are involved in.”

In response to an enquiry from Dublin Gazette, a spokesperson for An Garda Siochana said: “As with all crime the local Superintendent has overall responsibility to combat crime in his/her area and will divert local resources to address any particular crime trends and this will be constantly assessed and reviewed.

“At times it is necessary to bring in additional resources from National Units such as Criminal Assets Bureau, Garda National Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau, Armed Support Units and Emergency Reponses Unit.

“An Garda Síochána will continue to develop and implement strategies to dismantle and disrupt criminal networks, utilising advanced analytical and intelligence methods to facilitate targeted operations in order to enable early intervention and prevention of such crimes.”

A spokesperson from South Dublin County Council told Dublin Gazette: “SDCC Litter Wardens identified 4 burned out cars in the area yesterday and those vehicles were removed today.

“The Litter Wardens will be revisiting the wider area to investigate the reports of further burned out cars in the field or areas nearby.

“SDCC will assess the routes which the vehicles may be using to access the Canal field and reinforce the boundaries if necessary.”

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