Gardaí to tackle drink problem at Dargle River
GARDAI ARE beefing up security on the banks of the Dargle River in Bray, following ongoing complaints of groups drinking and anti-social behaviour in the area.
‘I took an unusual route to walk with the pram in the centre of Bray at midday on a recent afternoon, the left turn from Castle Street to Ravenswell Road,’ said local mother Anna Tikhonova-Deegan.
‘I was hoping to have a quiet walk with my eight-month-old son but noticed a group of about 20 people ranging in age from early 20s to late 50s socialising with cans of beer and cider in their hands, drinking in the middle of the street, enjoying the sun, completely undisturbed.’
She said that there were more full cans seen stocked in the bags, sitting on the ground, waiting to be consumed.
Anna added that the path leading to arch at the end of the road leading to the other side was overgrown from both sides, with empty cans, bottles and litter thrown everywhere.
‘When I reached the arch it got worse. Extreme filth and devastation of the whole area were telling the story of a once elegant old arch, built to accommodate carriages and pedestrians in their comings across to the seafront, now only fit to serve the purpose of a shelter for alcoholics who cannot afford to drink anywhere else.’
Inspector Tom Finnerty of Bray Garda Station said that local gardai are aware of the problem and targeting that particular area.
‘We are taking necessary actions to deal with certain individuals, and introducing a heavy garda presence,’ he said.
Drinking and anti-social behaviour is an ongoing problem on the banks of the Dargle.