‘We have lost faith in fight against crime’

Cllr Gerry Warnock (Ind).
More and more people are becoming disillusioned with the attention law enforcement agencies are giving to curbing Longford’s rising crime levels.

More and more people are becoming disillusioned with the attention law enforcement agencies are giving to curbing Longford’s rising crime levels.

Independent Cllr Gerry Warnock made the admission at a meeting of Longford’s Municipal District last week.

He said the time had come for an urgent meeting of the town’s Joint Policing Committee (JPC) to discuss what he described as a worrying upsurge in crime related activity.

“The recent violent incidents that have taken place in the town area are having a detrimental impact on the decent members of our community who are living and working in the Longford town area,” he said.

“These incidents are contrary to what we as a council and indeed other businesss and community groups are trying to achieve, which is namely creating conditions in the town and county where citizens can live in a safe and prosperous environment; A place where we can provide employment opportunities and a place where parents can safely bring up their children.”

He said the only way to restore belief in locally based agencies charged with upholding law and order was to invoke a more rigorous, tough handed approach.

“There is a lack of confidence in our local institutions, which include the local authorities and the Gardai.

“This needs to be addressed as a matter of urgency. We need to begin the process of reclaiming our community from the small band of thugs who seem intent in causing misery and suffering to everyone who honours family, community and decency.”

As revealed in a previous edition of the Leader, Cllr Warnock repeated his calls for a special taskforce to be enacted with the likes of the Department of Social Protection and the Criminal Assets Bureau (CAB) at the helm.

One of the many to support Cllr Warnock’s calls was Fine Gael’s Peggy Nolan.

She said, despite claiming to be a “very proud Longford woman”, the town’s criminality element was clear for all to see.

“I would advise anyone to sit for half an hour in their cars on Main Street and you will see my fears,” she sternly noted. “It is scary to predict how our town will be unless we get national support.”