Parked cars wrecked by late night rev­ellers

May 1998

Bray People - - NEWS -

THOU­SANDS of pounds worth of dam­age was in­flicted to parked cars af­ter late night rev­ellers went on the ram­page tough a Bray hous­ing es­tate last week­end.

One ve­hi­cle sus­tained se­ri­ous dam­age af­ter it was bro­ken into, the hand­brake re­leased and left to roll down­hill at the Seacrest es­tate, where it crashed into a gate pier.

Four other ve­hi­cles were also dam­aged when body pan­els were kicked in and wing mir­rors bro­ken off by pass­ing van­dals in the small hours of Satur­day morn­ing last.

The spree is but hte lat­est in a se­ries of sim­i­lar in­ci­dents over re­cent months which are be­ing blamed b lo­cal res­i­dents on the fact that their es­tate is reg­u­larly used as a short cut by peo­ple walk­ing home late at night from pubs and clubs in the Seafront area to Ve­vay Road.

Other re­cent in­ci­dents have in­cluded young trees be­ing snapped off at the trunk, a set of gates be­ing stolen and a lo­cal house be­ing bro­ken into while res­i­dents slept up­stairs.

There have also been com­plaints of open air drink­ing and drug tak­ing and lo­cal peo­ple be­ing ha­rassed by youths loi­ter­ing in the es­tate.

This litany of van­dal­ism is likely to lead to a revival of pres­sure by lo­cal res­i­dents for the erec­tion of a set of gates at the eastern (Seafront) end of the es­tate which could be locked up at night in a bid to block ac­cess by un­wanted rev­ellers.

Such a pro­posal was the sub­ject of a plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion to Bray Ur­ban District Coun­cil ust over a year ago, but was sub­se­quently dropped in the face of ob­jec­tions by res­i­dents of neigh­bour­ing ar­eas.

A mem­ber of the Seacrest Res­i­dents As­so­ci­a­tion said this week that a re­newed ap­pli­ca­tion was now likely and that they were anx­ious to high­light the re­cent spate of van­dal­ism in a bid to draw at­ten­tion to the plight of lo­cal res­i­dents in sup­port of their case.

‘We now have a prob­lem with van­dal­ism and thug­gery vir­tu­ally ev­ery week­end in the es­tate be­cause of peo­ple walk­ing through here late at night.’

‘A gate would only be locked at night, so it would not in­ter­fere with peo­ple’s move­ments dur­ing the day, while keys could be made avail­able to any lo­cal peo­ple who wanted one,’ the res­i­dents’ as­so­ci­a­tion mem­ber said.

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