Youths go ‘on rampage’ through quiet Limerick area

Nick Rabbitts

Reporter:

Nick Rabbitts

Cllr Maria Byrne: condemned the action of the youths
CAR windows were smashed, tyres were slashed and wing mirrors were ripped off as youngsters went on a “rampage” in the South Circular Road recently.

CAR windows were smashed, tyres were slashed and wing mirrors were ripped off as youngsters went on a “rampage” in the South Circular Road recently.

Bicycles at the Coke Zero public bike stand at the Redemptorist Church also fell victim to the “wanton” vandalism.

Now, the local residents’ association has set up a ‘text alert’ scheme, whereby the gardai can be notified immediately of any incidents.

Hooded-clad youths, believed to be in their late teens, ran the length of the South Circular Road, with around 20 vehicles suffering vandalism, while the back lights of the Coke Zero public bikes were also ripped off.

One resident - who did not wish to be identified for fear of repercussions - said the youths had engaged in “wanton, criminal damage”.

“They came tearing down the South Circular Road, and past Mary Immaculate College, and at the Redemptorist Church, there is a public bike stand. This suffered a considerable amount of damage,” said the city resident.

The resident said he “did not know” what was going through the youths’ minds as they engaged in the campaign of destruction.

“They seem to be just intent on causing mayhem. They are very fast moving. I just cannot understand why they attacked the public bicycles. It just does not seem right.

“The South Circular Road is normally a very nice area, with a very settled, nice community. For as long as I am here, it has always been very friendly,” the resident - who has lived in the area for decades - told the Limerick Leader.

It is understood that three youths were arrested in the aftermath of the incident last weekend- with one being picked up by a plain clothes garda.

The residents’ association held a public meeting afterwards, where plans were put in place for the ‘text alert’ scheme for the area.

In attendance was local Fine Gael councillor Maria Byrne, who said: “It is about the community getting involved and watching out for one another, if someone is seen acting suspiciously. It is a two-way communication which is being set up by the residents’ association.”

Cllr Byrne said she was concerned at the level of damage inflicted on the area, and had previously contacted the gardai.

She condemned the attacks, saying: “It is obviously from people passing through the area. Unfortunately no matter where you are, no matter what country you are in, you get people intent on causing damage.”