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Dad's despair at anti-social behaviour blackspot outside home

The shocking picture sent to us
The shocking picture sent to us

This is the reality of living next to an anti-social behaviour blackspot in Newbridge in Kildare.

A local resident, who has a young baby, sent us this photo of a man passed out just yards from his front door last Saturday night at 9.30pm.

The man told us it was just the latest incident in the almost daily drinking and other anti-social behaviour that takes place in James Lane in Newbridge, just a short distance from where he lives with his young family.

The man has been in touch with the local council, gardai and politicians in a bid to try and bring a halt to behaviour he sees close to his home every day.

He told us that it was an ongoing problem that was simply 'a disgrace'.

"There is a lot of young families in the area who are afraid for their children's safety," he added.

The Newbridge resident told us that the man in the picture was taken away by gardai on Saturday and that the area was plagued with large numbers of people drinking in public in the area, often from as early as 10am, seven days a week.

Local Sinn Fein councillor Mark Lynch confirmed to the Sunday World that the area around James Lane has seen anti-social behaviour before and that he would raise the matter at council level.

However, he added that gardai in the Kildare town are under resourced and that contributes to situations like this taking place.

KIldare County Council have also replied to an e-mail from the resident regarding the issues in the area.

"Your case has been reviewed by the Customer Services Team and referred to the relevant Department," said an email from the Kildare County Council Customer Service department.

"The issue will now be examined by the  Kildare/Newbridge MD Team in Road Transport and Safety Department who will revert to you in due course."