New bun­ga­low in Bray is wrecked by van­dals

Septem­ber 1983

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - NEWS -

Vi­cious at­tacks by van­dals on a lo­cal au­thor­ity house in a Bray hous­ing es­tate has made the build­ing al­most un­in­hab­it­able.

The com­par­a­tively new dwelling on the Bal­ly­waltrim Heights com­plex has been va­cant for the past seven months and, it is un­der­stood, the Ur­ban Coun­cil was about to place a ten­ant there.

But in re­cent weeks, the house has be­come a tar­get for van­dals and ev­ery­thing of a use­ful na­ture has been smashed by the in­trud­ers.

Sur­pris­ingly, the work was car­ried out qui­etly for res­i­dents in sur­round­ing houses heard noth­ing and the dis­cov­ery was not made un­til last week­end when wa­ter was seen flow­ing from the build­ing.

The van­dals blocked up the bath and wash-hand basin, turned on the taps and then fled, leav­ing a trail of de­struc­tion be­hind them.

The mat­ter has now been taken up by the Bal­ly­waltrim Res­i­dents’ As­so­ci­a­tion and they be­lieve that the van­dals have come from out­side the es­tate.

Said a spokesper­son this week - ‘The whole house is de­stroyed. Par­ents should come up here and take a look at the de­struc­tion that young­sters can cause when al­lowed out late at night. There is no jus­ti­fi­ca­tion for this type of be­hav­iour.’

With win­dows, doors, pan­elling and many other im­por­tant fa­cil­i­ties now de­stroyed, it is ob­vi­ously go­ing to cost the coun­cil a lot of money to get the build­ing back into good re­pair.

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