Hal­loween­hor­ror forCar­ling­ford



HAL­LOWEEN turned into fright night for Carlingford res­i­dents as a gang of youths ri­oted in the scenic vil­lage, throw­ing rock­ets at houses, busi­nesses and cars.

Ter­ri­fied res­i­dents were afraid to ven­ture out on the streets, with one woman de­scrib­ing it as ‘ the worst night of my life,’

‘It was three and a half hours of hell,’ she said.

‘ The vil­lage was in lock down as peo­ple couldn’t leave their houses. ‘

The ter­ri­fy­ing or­deal be­gan around 7.45pm as a large gang of youths, some be­lieved to be as young as 11 or 12, roamed through the vil­lage, throw­ing rock­ets,

Wor­ried res­i­dents made mul­ti­ple calls to the gardai and as the on­slaught con­tin­ued, some were so con­cerned that they phoned 999 for as­sis­tance.

While garda check­points were place at the en­try to the vil­lage, one man said that the ef­fect of this was that res­i­dents liv­ing in the vil­lage were essen­tially left at the mercy of the ri­ot­ers un­til gardai in full riot gear fi­nally ar­rived around 11.40pm.

‘By then it was far too late,’ he stated. ‘ Homes had been at­tacked. Res­i­dents had been ter­rorised and at least one busi­ness had been at­tacked and forced to close.’

Much of the trou­ble was con­cen­trated on the area around the car parks and Thursday morn­ing re­vealed the dam­age.

The win­dows of a car were smashed, at­tempts had been made to set other ve­hi­cles on fire with un­ex­ploded rock­ets clearly vis­i­ble un­der a number of cars, and re­mains of fires could be seen on the road.

Supt Gerry Cur­ley told The Ar­gus that he agreed that it was ‘a very se­ri­ous in­ci­dent’ on what was oth­er­wise a quiet Hal­loween in the area.

He said that ‘a large number of young peo­ple had gath­ered in the area and were throw­ing fire­works.’

As many as forty youths were in­volved in the dis­tur­bance and he didn’t rule out the pos­si­bil­ity of the gath­er­ing be­ing or­gan­ised through so­cial me­dia.

He re­vealed that fire­works were thrown in the di­rec­tion of mem­bers of the Garda Siochana but for­tu­nately no one was in­jured.

‘Our first re­ac­tion was to con­tain it as best as pos­si­ble and to en­sure the safety of ev­ery­one in­clud­ing the young peo­ple,’ he con­tin­ued. ‘We did de­ploy the pub­lic or­der unit to quell the in­ci­dent.’

One young per­son was ar­rested un­der Sec­tion 30 of the Of­fences Against the State Act for pos­ses­sion of an im­pro­vised ex­plo­sives de­vice and three oth­ers were ar­rested for pub­lic or­der of­fences.

Supt Cur­ley said the gardai had es­tab­lished the iden­tity of a number of the oth­ers and the gardai will be call­ing to their homes and speak­ing to them in the pres­ence of their par­ents.

‘A full in­ves­ti­ga­tion will be car­ried out,’ he pledged, adding that gardai had pa­trols in the vil­lage the fol­low­ing night in case there was fur­ther trou­ble.

A recent meet­ing of the Joint Polic­ing Com­mit­tee in Carlingford heard that deal­ing with anti-so­cial be­hav­iour in the north Louth vil­lage was putting a strain on garda re­sources.

Cllr An­tóin Wat­ters con­demned the anti so­cial ac­tiv­i­ties in Carlingford on Hal­loween night.

‘I re­ceived nu­mer­ous calls from lo­cal res­i­dents who were scared and un­able to leave their homes for a number of hours. Ev­ery­one likes to en­joy Hal­loween but it is not ac­cept­able that homes and cars are get­ting dam­aged. Peo­ple put them­selves and other peo­ple at risk of se­ri­ous in­jury. I will be rais­ing my con­cerns with the Gar­daí and speak­ing with the lo­cal res­i­dents.’

The morn­ing af­ter Hal­loween and ev­i­dence of some of the van­dal­ism in Carlingford.

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