‘Bon­fire’ in­ci­dent is ‘un­ac­cept­able’

Fingal Independent - - NEWS - John MAN­NING

RES­I­DENTS are grow­ing in­creas­ingly con­cerned over an es­ca­la­tion in an­ti­so­cial be­hav­iour be­tween Elm­wood Drive and Abbeylea es­tate in Swords which came to a head a week ago with the light­ing of a bon­fire on waste ground be­tween the two es­tates which re­sulted in gar­daí and the Fire Brigade be­ing called to the scene.

That in­ci­dent hap­pened last Fri­day week and the Fin­gal In­de­pen­dent has learned the in­ci­dent may have started with the theft of a lo­cal man’s wheelie bin which was then used as the base for the sub­se­quent bon­fire.

Lo­cal coun­cil­lor, Cllr Justin Sin­nott (NP) has been talk­ing to lo­cal res­i­dents re­cently and said that in­creas­ingly, they are hav­ing to ‘en­dure re­peated in­ci­dents of an­ti­so­cial be­hav­iour’ in the area.

Cllr Sin­nott said: ‘Res­i­dents in the area have had to en­dure groups gath­er­ing late at night, star­ing bon­fires, drink­ing and en­gag­ing in rowdy be­hav­iour into the early hours.’

Speak­ing late last week, Cllr Sin­nott said: ‘ Last Fri­day wit­nessed an es­ca­la­tion of un­savoury in­ci­dents with res­i­dents be­ing forced to call the Fire Brigade in the early hours of Satur­day morn­ing to put out a fire.’

Con­demn­ing the be­hav­iour, Cllr Sin­nott said: ‘What has oc­curred in Elm­wood and Abbeylea re­cently is com­pletely un­ac­cept­able. ‘It is caus­ing a huge amount of stress for the peo­ple li­fi9ng in the area. ‘I want to com­mend lo­cal gar­daí for the work they have done to date to ad­dress the prob­lem, how­ever, there needs to be a plan to tackle anti-so­cial be­hav­iour in the wider Swords area, as this is not iso­lated.

Swords gar­daí say that this time of year brings with in an in­crease in an­ti­so­cial be­hav­iour in­volv­ing fires, as Hal­loween ap­proaches.

This in­ci­dent was fol­lowed this week­end by fire dam­age to a play­ground at Thorn­leigh in Ap­ple­wood which oc­curred on the same week­end as a ma­jor fire at derelict pre­fab build­ings at the back of the old Rolestown Na­tional School site.

Oc­to­ber looks set to be a busy month for the emer­gency ser­vices in the Swords area.

Cllr Justin Sin­nott.

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