Fear of return to days of ‘Westies’

by Gazette Reporter

Corduff residents have raised concerns about ongoing anti-social behaviour and crime in the area, saying that if the problem isn’t nipped in the bud, it could be a return to the days of the Westies when a small group of criminals maintained a stranglehold on the area through violence and intimidation.
Speaking to The Gazette, a Corduff resident said that over the last number of weeks a group of youths aged in their mid-teens up to 20 years old have been wreaking havoc in the area. He said that a particular resident has been singled out in a sustained campaign of abuse: “They’re smashing his windows, his car, throwing eggs, and he has two young children living in the house. They’re living in terror. This is from a group of youths who are consistently joy-riding motorbikes, cars the whole lot. The latest incident was Thursday 17 where they beat up a pizza man and stole his car.”
The resident said that the youths responsible were joy-riding the car around the estate throughout the night, and began again the following morning.
A spokesperson from An Garda Siochana, said gardai are investigating the car-jacking of a vechicle at Corduff Road at 8.30pm on September 17.
“A man in his 20s was injured when he was assaulted and his car, a blue Toyota, was taken. The car was later found burnt-out close to Blanchardstown IT. Anyone with information is asked to contact Blanchardstown Garda Station.”
While gardai have said they are investigating the incident, residents says that they are not doing enough.
“We’ve been trying to put an immense amount of pressure on the guards to do something about this over the last five weeks, and it appears as if there’s not a whole lot being done.
“We had this going back to when you had the Westies. When they were around the age these lads are now, people were highlighting problems to the guards, youth services and nothing was done and it didn’t pan out too well for the area,” he said.
The Westies were a gang of violent criminals in Blanchardstown, the two leading members of which were from Corduff.
In the late 1990s this gang made nationwide headlines for the extreme violence and intimidation they used to control the drug trade in the area.
The resident said that, like the Westies, the group currently causing trouble in the area is a very small minority.
A spokesperson from An Garda Siochana said they do not respond to comments made by third parties.
The local residents association is urging all residents to attend the next meeting of the Safer Blanchardstown Forum, a community group which aims to address crime in the area.
The meeting takes place on Thursday, September 24 at 7pm in Corduff Resource Centre.
“Is this what our estate is heading back to? The vast majority of people in Corduff are honest, decent people. We cannot continue to let these people bring the area down,” said a post from the group on Facebook.

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