Gardai plan crackdown on anti-social behaviour

Superintendent Noel Carolan, Carrick-on-Shannon, said the Gardai are taking “exceedingly seriously” a spate of vandalism, criminality and anti-social behaviour in the county town last weekend. Among a number of incidents to take place, Gardai seized a large amount of cocaine, four cars were damaged, one of which had a traffic cone thrown through its back window, and two large flower pots were damaged by vandals. In a separate incident, a man was treated for a broken finger after being bitten in an altercation on Main St on Saturday night.

Superintendent Noel Carolan, Carrick-on-Shannon, said the Gardai are taking “exceedingly seriously” a spate of vandalism, criminality and anti-social behaviour in the county town last weekend. Among a number of incidents to take place, Gardai seized a large amount of cocaine, four cars were damaged, one of which had a traffic cone thrown through its back window, and two large flower pots were damaged by vandals. In a separate incident, a man was treated for a broken finger after being bitten in an altercation on Main St on Saturday night.

With Carrick-on-Shannon often left looking well below its best on Sunday mornings as a result of the previous night’s behaviour, Supt Carolan added, “It is a major issue when we find public order and criminal damage and we will be looking over the coming weeks to put a response in place. It causes such difficulty for so many people who are working in a voluntary capacity. It is undoubtedly a small number of people who are responsible but it cannot go unchecked and we will be monitoring the situation.”

Gardai in Carrick-on-Shannon confirmed a large amount of cocaine was recovered in Carrick-on-Shannon on Friday last, June 24, by gardai from the western and northern regions. In a connected incident, a small amount of cannabis was recovered in Leitrim Village on the same date. The drugs are believed to have a street value of €9,000.

One person was detained under the Misuse of Drugs Act before being subsequently released and a file has been sent to the DPP.

Three incidents of paint damage to cars was reported to gardai in Carrick-on-Shannon. It is believed a key was used to cause the damage which occurred on Saturday night at Main St, Carrick-on-Shannon.

In a separate incident a traffic cone was put through the back window of a car parked to the rear The Landmark Hotel on the same night.

And, a man was left with a broken finger as a result of a bite to the hand at Main St, Carrick-on-Shannon on Saturday night last, June 25. Gardai in Carrick-on-Shannon have confirmed they are following a definite line of enquiry in relation to the incident.

Carrick-on-Shannon Tidy Towns have expressed their disappointment at the recent acts of vandalism which resulted in two large flower pots, located in close proximity to the Marist Girls NS, being turned over on Sunday night last.

The tireless work of the Tidy Towns committee and the team of volunteers was evident when the county town claimed a gold medal in the Entente Florale competition. Hopes remain high that the town will be able to claim gold in this year’s Tidy Towns competition but Kathleen Coleman who is treasurer of the local group noted the recent vandalism is “disappointing.”

Kathleen stated, “It is very disappointing because of all the hard work that is going in to try and get the gold standard. A few weeks ago there were 50 volunteers painting the fences on the Leitrim Road.

“To see the vandalism, pure vandalism destroying flower pots is very disappointing and I would like people to be more responsible.”

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