Assault crimes fall by 50%, policiing committee told

A senior Garda officer has told Carrick-on-Suir's Joint Policing Committee that the number of assaults occurring in the town has halved.

A senior Garda officer has told Carrick-on-Suir's Joint Policing Committee that the number of assaults occurring in the town has halved.

Supt. John Courtney of Clonmel Garda District informed the Committee's latest meeting of the dramatic reduction in this type of crime in Carrick-on-Suir, which his district covers.

Town Clerk Michael O'Brien said the installation of CCTV cameras in the town had helped.

Anti-social behaviour was high on the agenda at the meeting attended by senior gardai, Town Council elected representatives and officials. While some local councillors mentioned specific areas in the town, the general consensus was that anti-social behaviour is a country wide problem and almost impossible to eliminate completely in the present climate.

The problems caused by boy racers in some areas of the town were also discussed at the meeting. Supt. Courtney replied that there was more enforcement and better equipment to deal with this matter.

He also mentioned that the present economic situation is helping to change behaviour because during the boom times people did not worry too much about paying fines.

Cllr Denis Landy expressed the view that legislation relating to the activities boy racers needed to be looked at, as it was excessive noise that annoyed the public.

The Town Clerk promised to meet Carrick-on-Suir Garda Station's new Sergeant Ian Barrett about some of the matters raised at the meeting.

It was agreed to hold four meetings each year and the next meeting will be held in March.

The issue of Community Gardai was also raised and the Superintendent said that where possible the two Community Gardai assigned to the town do duty in the Garda Station, thereby allowing the Station to be more available to the public. He said community policing was the way forward.