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Gardai seize 25 cars A WEEK from one Dublin city estate

Crime DeskBy Robin Schiller
Senior gardai have revealed the staggering number of vehicles being recovered from the area on a weekly basis
Senior gardai have revealed the staggering number of vehicles being recovered from the area on a weekly basis

GARDAI are seizing up to 25 stolen and uninsured cars every week from a Dublin estate that has been plagued by anti-social behaviour.

Officers responding to callouts in the Cherry Orchard estate in Ballyfermot have also been attacked and had their patrol cars damaged by gangs of teenagers and young men.

Senior gardai have revealed the staggering number of vehicles being recovered from the area on a weekly basis.

Superintendent Brendan Connolly, of Ballyfermot Garda Station, said the area has “quietened down quite considerably” since a major policing plan was implemented over a year ago.

“I’m aware cars drove into a fence and burned the vehicle out and, when gardai responded, their [patrol] cars were attacked. A significant amount of resources have been put into the area and between 21 to 25 uninsured cars a week are being taken out of Cherry Orchard,”

Supt Connolly told the Dublin South Central Joint Policing Committee (JPC).

He also rejected that the station had been downgraded and said pleas had been made at a local policing forum for the public’s assistance in making the area a better place.

“The area has quietened down considerably from a year ago but we still have challenges,” he said.

When a committee member asked if any more gardai could be sent to the estate, Supt Connolly said, “I can’t physically put more people into Cherry Orchard”, referring to the large numbers of gardai already policing the area.

The estate was previously labelled a “no-go” area for gardai following a series of attacks on patrols and their vehicles.

In one incident a garda was left requiring facial surgery after being attacked by two youths after attempting to seize a bike.

Patrol vehicles have also been regularly ambushed by gangs of youths in the past.

Last year, gardai responding to reports of a stolen car followed the vehicle to a cul-de-sac in Cherry Orchard.

However, when officers attempted to arrest the driver, the road was blocked off and gardai were attacked with bricks and bottles by a large gang.

Damage was caused to the vehicle but the gardai were not physically injured.