Extra gardai to be deployed in Limerick for Halloween

David Hurley

Reporter:

David Hurley

Superintendent Dan Keane
GARDAI are appealing to young people not to engage in anti-social behaviour during the traditional Halloween celebrations.

GARDAI are appealing to young people not to engage in anti-social behaviour during the traditional Halloween celebrations.

Supt Dan Keane of Henry Street garda station is warning there will be “extra boots on the ground” across the city in the form of additional gardai and members of the Garda Reserves from 6pm on Thursday until the early hours of Friday morning.

“What I would appeal for is that the young teenagers who go out on Halloween night don’t engage in antisocial behaviour which is what happened last year in certain parts of the city where cars ended up getting burnt out and things like that,” said Supt Keane who is also appealing to parents to ensure their children are not allowed to use illegal fireworks or bangers.

“They are dangerous, they are an explosive substance and they can explode in your hand and in your face and they can cause serious injury and parents need to be cognisant of that,” he said.

Parents are also being warned that it is a criminal offence to have or use fireworks without a licence as they are regarded as an explosive substance.

The warning comes following the seizure of illegal fireworks, worth €20,000, at Kilmallock Mart on Bank Holiday Monday. They were seized during a joint operation involving local gardai and Revenue inspectors.

Meanwhile, the veterinary section of Limerick City and County Council is appealing to dog owners to take extra care of their pets during Halloween due to the stress caused by fireworks to the animals.