Anti-social behaviour ‘epidemic’

Cllr Seamus Butler (FF).
Anti-social behaviour is reaching “epidemic levels” in some parts of Longford town, this week’s meeting of the Joint Policing Committee heard.

Anti-social behaviour is reaching “epidemic levels” in some parts of Longford town, this week’s meeting of the Joint Policing Committee heard.

Cllr Seamus Butler said that some families had been subjected to bully boy tactics by people who had moved into areas and taken over.

“People have cried to me on the telephone about the bullying they are experiencing,” he told the meeting.

Speaking to the Longford Leader, the Fianna Fáil councillor confirmed that residents of Ardnacassa Avenue had been in contact with him regarding the problems in the area.

“People are prisoners in their own homes,” Cllr Butler told the Leader, going on to say, “they’re at their wits’ end. My heart goes out to them, nobody should have to live like that.”

Along with “outrageous car-parking” at the Social Welfare Offices, Cllr Butler said there has been a litany of incidents of anti-social behaviour in the area, from footballs being kicked into doors and windows, to general untidiness and parking issues.

It’s not a problem with an easy solution however, as a concerned Cllr Butler continued, “It’s very difficult for them to make a statement to [the Gardaí] because they’re afraid of further intimidation.”

Though he hastens to add that Longford doesn’t experience any more of these problems than other counties, the Leas-Cathaoirleach of Longford County Council is under no illusions, stating, “not everything is sweetness and light and when problems occur they have to be addressed, because they’re not going to go away on their own.”

For more on this story, see this week’s Longford Leader.