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24 May 2022

'Absolute disgrace': Uproar as online video of street brawl in Longford town emerges

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There has been criticism of the emergence of an online video showing two men engaging in an apparent street brawl in Longford town over the weekend

Tougher sentences are required to stamp out violent crime in a midlands town after video footage of two men trading blows in broad daylight emerged online.

 

A 20 second clip of the brawl involving the pair in Longford town was posted on various social media channels earlier today.

The video appears to show both men becoming embroiled in fisticuffs as a number of other young males watch on in the background.

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Independent Cllr Gerry Warnock branded the footage as an “absolute disgrace” and one which was just the latest in a long line of disturbing episodes to take place in Longford.

“What this kind of thing is doing is adding to the woes of an already beleaguered town where businesses are doing their level best to keep their doors open as it is,” he said.

Local Fianna Fáil Cllr Seamus Butler condemned the incident, saying the episode was indicative of a recent upsurge in unsavoury incidents to hit the town in recent months.

“I thought we had sorted out a lot of this sort of thing in giving people a license to commit violent crime on the streets of Longford town,” he said.

A former Joint Policing Committee (JPC) chairman, Cllr Butler currently serves as a member of a new Local Community Safety Partnerships Scheme aimed at tackling and preventing crime.


The initiative, set up by Justice Minister Helen McEntee in November 2020, saw Longford together with North Inner City Dublin and Waterford become pilots for its rollout.

Cllr Butler said whatever about the successes of the project, harsher penalties were needed to target those found guilty of being involved in unruly incidents.

“I feel part of the problem is the courts are far, far too lenient with this type of crime,” he said.

“Suspended sentences are being handed down left, right and centre and what is needed is tougher sentences to take people involved in violent crime off the streets of Longford.”

His comments come five days after two women were charged following an alleged violent assault on another woman which forced a department store in Longford town to close.

A woman aged in her 20s and from Longford town was allegedly set upon by two other women while she was shopping in Penneys at Longford Shopping Centre last Wednesday.

The alleged victim sustained a gash over her left eye as a result of the fracas.

The pair are due to appear before a sitting of Longford District Court tomorrow.

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