Shopping trolleys filled with wood and soaked in petrol and then lit are being pushed down streets in the residential housing area of Barnadearg in Ballina late at night by a small group of youths and they are terrifying many local residents. That was the stark picture outlined yesterday by Fine Gael councillor John O’Hara at the monthly meeting of Ballina Municipal District.

Cllr O’Hara called on the local authority to take action in this local authority housing estate, close to St Patrick’s Church in Ballina.

The councillor said that many elderly and not so elderly residents of this area are afraid to come out of their homes at night and live in fear of something sinister being sent through their letterboxes.

He said the situation is completely unacceptable and unfair and the anti social behaviour he said was confined to a small number of teenagers who appeared to have no fear or respect for their community, the gardai or the local authority.

Independent Cllr Gerry Ginty concurred with the situation that cllr O’Hara outlined and he said the local authority should support a community under siege in their homes, or who are being intimidated, again he stressed, by “a small number of teenagers” who appear to be out of control.

Cllr O’Hara called for CCTV to be installed in the area, as he believes that could assist the gardai  in their efforts to get the problem under control and he says residents need to feel safe in their homes.

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