Po­lice break up un­der­age rave at Tralee

The Oban Times - - News - LOUISE GLEN lglen@oban­times.co.uk

AN un­der­age ‘out- of- con­trol’ drink­ing ses­sion at Tralee beach on Satur­day night saw more than 60 teenagers de­scend on the Ben­der­loch area.

Res­i­dents of Tralee Road, Ben­der­loch, claimed the im­promptu rave had de­scended into chaos with chil­dren as young as 12 drink­ing al­co­hol and smok­ing drugs.

A squad of po­lice of­fi­cers were called to the area on Satur­day evening to break up the ses­sion. Eye­wit­nesses said a small num­ber of teenagers were taken home by the po­lice.

Par­ents of some of the other chil­dren were called to col­lect their young­sters from the beach.

Po­lice said they were un­able to com­ment on spe­cific in­ci­dents due to ‘ on­go­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tions’, but did ask for help in es­tab­lish­ing who was to blame for dam­age to three busi­ness signs in the area, that may have been con­nected to the party.

Chil­dren had been alerted to the party through so­cial media site, YikYak.

The party was held at Tralee in spite of plans to change it at the last minute to Oban’s Gana­van beach. The YikYak site is banned from some schools be­cause of the anony­mous gos­sip up­dates that can be posted by users.

And the site has fea­tured in re­cent media re­ports about bul­ly­ing in both Scot­land and Eng­land.

It is also be­lieved one per­son of­fered to take the would-be rev­ellers by car to Ben­der­loch for £ 5, while oth­ers made their way to the drink-fu­elled gath­er­ing by bus.

One young per­son de­scribed what hap­pened on Satur­day night: ‘Po­lice came. Ev­ery­one ran. Ev­ery­one hid. Ev­ery­one met up again. Sixty peo­ple turned up at 11pm.’

One res­i­dent, who did not want to be named, said: ‘These kids are noth­ing but dis­re­spect­ful.

‘They trashed the place. I can tell you now there will be no round two out at the beach.

‘This has be­come an an­nual event and some­thing needs to be done to make sure it doesn’t hap­pen again.’

Brian Wil­son, an for­mer po­lice of­fi­cer who was on a car­a­van hol­i­day in the area, said: ‘It wasn’t nice to wit­ness these young­sters drink­ing, smok­ing and car­ry­ing on at the beach. It was an outof- con­trol mess un­til the po­lice ar­rived.’

Mr Wil­son con­tin­ued: ‘I have grand­chil­dren who looked the same age as some of those chil­dren on the beach.

‘I would have hated to think my grand­chil­dren were get­ting out of their depth like they were.

‘Teenagers think they are so grown-up at 13 and 14 and they all think they know what they want.

‘But I am sure some of them will be re­gret­ting some of the things they did on Satur­day night.’

‘I just hope that no one gets into any se­ri­ous trou­ble over their be­hav­iour on the beach. These chil­dren are vul­ner­a­ble and well done to the po­lice for com­ing out al­most im­me­di­ately and break­ing up the party and dis­pers­ing the young­sters.’

Po­lice con­sta­ble Lewis MacIn­tyre is lead­ing the in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the dam­age of the ad­ver­tise­ment boards for lo­cal busi­nesses that were de­stroyed on Satur­day night.

He said: ‘ While the in­ci­dent can­not be con­nected to the beach party - some­one in the vicin­ity may have seen some­thing that will iden­tify the cul­prits to this crime.’

PC MacIn­tyre can be con­tacted us­ing tele­phone num­ber 101.

CHAOS: Pic­turesque Tralee beach is usu­ally a scene of tran­quil­lity and fam­ily fun

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