Monday 11 December 2017

New agency to tackle crime in Courtown and Riverchapel area

By Esther Hayden

Deputy John Browne.
Deputy John Browne.

A new multi-agency group will be established to help combat crime in Courtown and Riverchapel.

At last week's meeting of the Joint Policing Committee (JPC) the members heard that the council is in the process of establishing a local policing fora for Courtown and Riverchapel.

Ger Mackey of Wexford Council said: 'concerns have been raised regarding the level of crime and antisocial behaviour in Courtown Riverchapel'. He said the new policing fora will be established to address these concerns.

Deputy John Browne said he had been pushing for this pilot project for a number of months. However he said that a multi-agency approach was needed to ensure the fora is as effective as possible and to address all the problems in the area.

'There is a major problem in Courtown which needs to be faced. There is a lot of problems there which need to be dealt with. We need a broadstrand approach. We said we were going to look at involving all the bodies. I think we need to establish something that will deal with the problems.'

Community representative, Declan Dunbar agreed there was a lot of issues in Courtown. He said that one of the biggest problems was absentee landlords and said 'unless we can introduce a law to hit them in the pocket we are wasting our time'.

He also suggested that gardai who wanted to live locally should receive subsidised rent to encourage them to do so.

Wexford People

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