Garda Supt in Ballina Joe Doherty has appealed for witnesses to an incident of anti social behaviour that occurred at a housing estate in Foxford on Sunday last.

Local councillor Neil Cruise told Midwest News today that “all hell broke loose” in the incident at Sliabh Rua housing estate in the town last Sunday night.

It occurred at one house in the estate and it disturbed the surrounding residents as well as residents of the house, including a number of children, some with special needs.

The noise continued for some time, with cars being driven at high speed through the estate, windows of vehicles smashed and criminal damage caused to trees and common areas.

Councillor Cruise raised his concerns at this week’s Claremorris/ Swinford Municipal District meeting and says he will raise it again at next Monday’s monthly meeting of Mayo County Council. He said the house had been purposefully built for a family who have children with special needs, and the level of disturbance was unfair to those children, and to the other residents of the estate.

Supt Doherty told Midwest News today that the gardai are taking the matter very seriously. Gardai attended the scene on Sunday night and investigations are continuing.

He appealed for witnesses to come forward with details to Ballina gardai at 096 20550 or the garda confidential line on 1800 666 111.

He described this type of incident as “unusual for Foxford” and insisted it will not be tolerated.

Gardai are anticipating that arrests will follow and a file will be prepared for the DPP.


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