Locals concerned about number of escapes from juvenile detention centre

Locals concerned about number of escapes from juvenile detention centre

People living near the Oberstown juvenile detention centre in Lusk, Co Dublin have become “increasingly worried” about the number of juveniles escaping from the facility.

There have been three reported break-outs in the last number of months, with the latest coming on July 25 when four youths managed to abscond.

One of the teens remains at large and has since posted a number of images on a social networking site taunting both gardai and Oberstown staff.

On the run Oberstown escapee taunts gardai on social media

Labour TD Brendan Ryan has since requested a meeting with Patrick Bergin, Director of the Oberstown campus, to discuss safety concerns.

Oberstown campus, to discuss safety concerns among local residents.

"I have written to Mr Bergin on behalf of local residents to outline to him the fear that people in the immediate area are now living under.

"Thankfully, nothing has happened as of yet, but the elderly people in the area are living in fear," he told the Herald.

Local business Country Crest - who make dairy products - has also said it is "incredibly concerned" for the safety of its 250 employees, many of whom live locally and walk or cycle to work.

"In the past, the local community was notified if there was a break-out. Previously, they used a siren - but this system is no longer in place," a spokesperson for the business said.

"We didn't receive any notifications of the recent breakouts."