Concern over rise in County Longford road accidents

Joint Policing Committee meeting

By aisling Kiernan

This week’s meeting of the Joint Policing Committee (JPC) heard that gardai haveconcerns about the number of road traffic accidents in the county.

Superintendent Fergus Treanor said there had been an increase in road traffic accidents and said the county was now recording on average of one road traffic accident per day.

“This is too high and is something that we need to all look at,” Superintendent Treanor added.

“I think that we will need to form a sub committee specifically for this because it is a serious matter.”

SuperintendentTreanor said that since the last JPC meeting there had been 18 burglaries in the Longford District of which 17 were in Longford town and one took place in Lanesboro.

Theft from shops has increased with 52 incidents reported over the last three months and the meeting also heard that while there had been no reports of sexual assaults, eight minor assaults were recorded.

In the Granard District, there had been a 26% decrease in burglaries with thefts up by 58%.

There has also been a 35% decrease in public order offences and an issue involving juveniles in Edgeworthstown which was being dealt with.

There was calls for more CCTV, particularly in the Oakvale area of Longford town and in Lanesboro.

Cllr Gerald Farrell (FG) said CCTV was necessary at the football pitch and graveyard in Lanesboro as there had been a number of thefts from cars and reports of vehicles damaged while families visited graves there.

“Unfortunately, it’s the times we are in but it is needed very badly in that area now,”he stated.

Cathaoirleach Cllr Gerry Warnock (Ind) then informed the meeting that under the new Programme for Local Government, a huge emphasis had now been placed on CCTV installation in vulnerable areas.

The meeting also heard that a committee has been established in Longford with a view to obtaining a Purple Flag status - a national programme that rewards town standards.