Locals are being encouraged to report incidents of anti-social behaviour to Gardai, after an increase of attacks at the West Pier in Dun Laoghaire.
Last Monday evening, October 21, at around 6.30pm, a woman drove to the parking area “beyond the scrap yard at the back of the West Pier” with her partner.
They had planned on letting their dogs run there, as they usually would, but when three young children targeted their car, they decided to flee the scene.
Speaking to Dublin Gazette, Carmel, told us what happened.
“There were three kids that I’m guessing were 10, 7 and 3 years old.
“They made straight for the car. [I] thought they were harmless at first, but then they were trying to get into the car, [and] tried taking things from the door.
“Luckily all I had in the car was a tub of extra gum which I gave [to the guy maybe 7 years old] to get away.
“The older boy was pulling at the passenger side door at the same time.
“I only realised that one was sitting on the bumper as I was already driving off. I suppose that was what scared me most, because he could have been badly hurt without me even knowing he was there.
“I stopped and my partner had to get out to get him off and I could see the other kids running up to us.
“…the older lad was trying to pull off my back wiper as we eventually managed to get away.”
Carmel said they were frightened by the incident, and she is now afraid to go back there.
“I have always loved this spot. I got a fright for sure. I was with my partner thank God, because I don’t know what I would have done had I been on my own.
“These kids had no fear, not of me, my dogs (which were barking frantically) or of getting hurt. It was very intimidating. I would certainly think twice before ever going there again.
“I am a social care worker, so no stranger to kids with challenging behaviour. These guys took me completely by surprise,” said Carmel.
She added: “I called the Gardai when I got home. They told me they know exactly who they are and have had other reports very similar to mine.”
Local councillor, Cormac Devlin (FF) condemned the attack in Dun Laoghaire and is advising locals to report such incidents to Gardai.
“Any and all incidents of crime, intimidation or anti-social behaviour must not be tolerated and should be reported to the Gardaí so that they can allocated the necessary resources to these issues.
“I am aware of certain disturbing incidents that have happened in the West Pier area.
“I am equally aware that the Gardaí, along with the assistance of other agencies, are trying to intervene and deal with some of these issues.
“The Harbour is a place for everyone to enjoy and I want to see that continue into the future.”
Local Cllr Lorraine Hall (FG) also encouraged locals to report incidents like this to Gardai.
“Unfortunately, this isn’t the first incident I’ve heard take place on the West Pier. It’s terribly sad that people can’t visit this area in peace.
“I would encourage people to report all incidents to the Gardaí, including descriptions of perpetrators, where possible.
“The Gardaí depend on these reports so that they know what’s going on locally and so that they can respond appropriately.”
Cllr Devlin said that Gardai and the council will co-host a public meeting on Thursday 7 November at 7pm in County Hall, Dun Laoghaire where locals can voice their concerns.