Thieves tar­get mass­go­ers

Bray People - - DOWN THE YEARS -

April 1994

DE­MANDS ARE be­ing made for an in­creased Garda pres­ence out­side Easter Masses, in re­sponse to a se­ries of re­cent at­tacks by thieves on lo­cal church-go­ers.

A 65-year-old woman be­came the lat­est in a grow­ing list of lo­cal vic­tims of bag snatch­ing youths when she lost al­most £100 worth of property as she re­turned from wor­ship at the Church of the Most Holy Redeemer at Main Street, last Satur­day night.

The theft oc­curred at the junc­tion of Cas­tle Street and Lower Dar­gle Road as the pen­sioner was on her way home at 8.30 p.m., and fol­lowed just a week af­ter a woman lost her bag at Quins­boro Road, af­ter Mass.

In an­other sim­i­lar in­ci­dent last week a woman had her hand­bag snatched as she left the ur­ban coun­cil of­fices at St. Cro­nan’s.

The Par­ish Priest at The Holy Redeemer Church Fr. John O’Con­nell con­demned the at­tacks on lo­cal parish­ioners and said that such in­ci­dents were both fright­en­ing and up­set­ting to their vic­tims.

He stated how­ever that the Holy Redeemer still ex­pe­ri­enced a rel­a­tively low level of crime, and that he did not be­lieve that church-go­ers were be­ing tar­geted specif­i­cally by the bag snatch­ers.

‘Bag snatch­ing ap­pears to be go­ing on all around the place, and in many in­stances the of­fences don’t even seem to be re­ported to the Gar­dai,’ he said.

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