Brit­tas swim­mers urged to lock up their clothes

Au­gust 1983

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - NEWS -

Swim­mers in Brit­tas Bay may find them­selves ‘go­ing skinny’ on their re­turn from the water if they don’t look af­ter their pos­ses­sion.

For in a new trend in crime at this fa­mous sun wor­ship­pers par­adise, clothes have ac­tu­ally been stolen while the swim­mers en­joyed the water over the past few weeks.

Up to eight in­ci­dents have been re­ported to Wicklow gar­dai in cases where rov­ing thieves were not just sat­is­fied with the con­tents in the pockets but took ev­ery thread of cloth­ing as well.

In fact, in once in­ci­dent, a mem­ber of the Wicklow force kindly at­tired a Dublin man with his own spare clothes and shoes to get him back to the city with­out be­ing ar­rested for exposure.

Sgt Tony Mahoney has urged the gen­eral pub­lic to be par­tic­u­larly vig­i­lant with clothes and other valu­able pos­ses­sions while tak­ing a swim.

‘While this has been hap­pen­ing in other places, it is a some­what new trend to Brit­tas Bay and I sug­gest that peo­ple should lock their clothes in the boot of their cars be­fore en­ter­ing the water,’ he said.

Tents have also bee ri­fled in the Brit­tas Bay area over the past few weeks and cam­pers are also urged to leave very few valu­ables ly­ing around when they go out at night.

‘They should cer­tainly take their money with them be­cause this is what the thieves are re­ally af­ter,’ he said.

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