Mother and son in vi­o­lent fra­cas

July 2008

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - NEWS -

Wick­low Gar­dai had to call for as­sis­tance from Bray, Ark­low and Grey­stones over the week­end af­ter a row on the street threat­ened to spiral out of con­trol.

A mother and son were re­fused permission to en­ter a lo­cal premises and took grave ex­cep­tion to the re­fusal. Their fu­ri­ous re­ac­tion led to an out­break of pub­lic dis­or­der on Marl­ton Road in the early hours of Satur­day morn­ing.

With their re­sources al­ready spread thing, the Wick­low sta­tion had to call for backup af­ter by­standers started get­ting in­volved. A num­ber of rev­ellers still out from Fri­day night re­fused to leave the scene de­spite orders to do so from the gar­daí.

Even­tu­ally the mother and son were ar­rested but still con­tin­ued to be­have vi­o­lently back at Wick­low Garda Sta­tion. A couple of of­fi­cers re­ceived mi­nor in­juries af­ter be­ing as­saulted as they at­tempted to make ar­rests.

The back-up call was a precaution­ary mea­sure and proved to be the right re­sponse as a large crowd started gath­er­ing as the in­ci­dent un­folded. Now the Wick­low gar­daí have warned peo­ple they face ar­rest if they refuse to com­ply with the direc­tions of an of­fi­cer.

‘When the gar­daí are car­ry­ing out an ar­rest in a volatile sit­u­a­tion then any­one in­ter­fer­ing is making an offence. If peo­ple are di­rected to leave the scene and refuse to do so then they are li­able for ar­rest as well,’ says a garda spokesper­son.

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