News of last week’s savage carjacking and assault of a businesswoman in Longford town has prompted a ferocious outburst on social media.
A massive 16,000 people accessed the Leader’s story via Facebook within 24 hours of last Wednesday evening’s incident, many hitting out at Longford’s apparent rise in crime related activity.
Others chose to air their frustrations by calling into question the level of resources going into policing in Longford town.
Annette Philips Delaney said she had been left appalled by the events of last week.
“Horrendous, (the) guards need to be out on the streets patrolling them 24/7 at this stage,” she wrote.
“How is anyone supposed to feel secure in this town anymore?
“God help this poor woman, her life will never be the same again.”
Another woman, Samantha Thomsen said the only way to keep a lid on anti-social behaviour was to ensure greater numbers of gardai are walking the streets of Longford town.
“We lived in Kenagh for a while and used to see the Guard there everyday walking around. I tell you, it makes a difference in how you feel,” she said.
Aside from the mounting criticism, there were startling insights from witnessses who saw last week’s incident.
June Montgomery said her parents, both of whom are pensioners, narrowly avoided colliding into the getaway car as gardai chased in pursuit.
“My parents, in their seventies, had to swerve out of the way while the car was being chased by gardai,” she revealed.
A public meeting has been called for tomorrow evening (Thursday) at the Longford Arms Hotel at 8pm.
Cllr Gerry Warnock confirmed details of the meeting.
“An important point is that this is not an attack on any agency of the state or political party,” he stressed.
“This is a major problem effecting rural communities that needs to be addressed now.”
Separately it was also reported this week that a man was rushed to hospital after suffering a suspected drugs overdose inside the toilet of a local business outlet.