Teen thugs leave residents afraid to go out at night

by Gazette Reporter

The anti-social behaviour of a gang of youths has left some Tyrrelstown residents afraid to go out in the evening.
Gardai in Blanchardstown confirmed in a letter to residents that they are taking steps to combat the problem.
Reports emerged recently on social media that an elderly man had been attacked by the gang outside the Parkview Apartments.
The reports sparked a huge reaction, with many residents calling for action against the gang.
One resident wrote: “They litter, destroy property, break into people’s houses and attack innocent passers-by.”
Another resident said that she could no longer take her dog out for a walk in the evening, commenting: “I don’t take the dog out in the evening, garden only.
“I also don’t walk on the streets, just in the park.
“It’s terrible that we can’t feel safe taking the dog out for an evening stroll.”
Gardai confirmed to the Gazette that the assault was not reported to them but in a letter recently sent to residents, they confirmed that there is an issue with anti-social behaviour in the area.
The letter, signed by Inspector Tony Twomey, said: “An Garda Siochana Blanchardstown are aware of the concern amongst the Tyrrelstown Community of the negative impact the activities of a minority of youths are having on Public Safety in the area.
“Reaction on social media to recent incidents portrays a sense of growing frustration and anger which is understandable from a personal and community perspective.”
The letter said that gardai would be working closely with Tyrrelstown Residents Association and Tyrrelstown Neighbourhood Watch.
It also outlined a number of ways in which local gardai intend to rebuild public confidence.
These include; the recently established Business Watch aimed at reducing anti-social behaviour around the Plaza, a project to engage with young offenders and additional high visibility patrols of the area, with a focus on community engagement and combating anti-social behaviour.
The letter also encourages residents to report any incident to the gardai but also appealed to social media users to highlight what is good about the area.
It read: “We need the help of each member of the community to achieve this objective.
“We recognise the power of social media in influencing community perception and ask that you take time to highlight positive community spirited actions to assist in restoring public safety and confidence.
“We also ask that you take the time to report all activity which you believe impacts negatively on public safety.”

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