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Anti-social behaviour on the rise, claim residents

WHILE garda statistics presented at this week’s public meeting of the Shannon Joint Policing Committee showed a general decrease in reported crime, some of those in attendance painted a disturbing picture of teenagers causing havoc, without any fear of the law.People spoke about teenagers causing havoc outside their homes and intimidating small children, while one woman said there is an element now that shows no respect for the law. “There’s a different breed of teenagers out there and they’re not afraid of anyone or anything.”There was also some criticism of local gardaí from the attendance with one local man, Chris Price, saying that when reporting an incident, a guard had replied by saying the matter was “outside my pay grade”.One woman said the lives of herself, her husband and daughter had been ruined because of persistent and violent harassment by neighbours. She said she had to go on medication because of it, while her daughter had to go to counselling …

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