Gar­daí to tackle drink prob­lem at Dar­gle River

Bray People - - NEWS -

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.

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