Cllr Watters Calls For Cross Border Approach to Deal With Boy-Racers

Sinn Féin Councillor Antóin Watters has called for a cross border approach to deal with the on-going problem of ‘boy racers’ in the North Louth / South Armagh area.

Cllr Watters said “everyone has the right to go about their daily business without fear and this nuisance is causing fear. I have received numerous complaints from people in the community about this behavior which appears to be pre-planned events by the boy racers.”

Cllr Watters has been liaising closely with his Sinn Féin colleague in the north, Liz Kimmons who this week welcomed a commitment from the PSNI to tackle the scourge on the north side of the border. However, Cllr Watters feels that needs to be built on. “It is great that the PSNI have taken a pro-active approach in this but the reality is that when these people are stopped their racing in that area, they are going to just rearrange to race in North Louth so we need to have a joined up approach in dealing with the issue rather than allow it to move from one jurisdiction to the other.”

Cllr Watters has requested a joint meeting with An Garda Siochaná and the PSNI, together with Cllr Liz Kimmons and it is hoped several issues relating to these boy racers will be addressed.

“When these boy racers congregate there are a number of things that happen; the noise alone is very disruptive to residents in the area and as these are regular events it has the effect of making people nervous or afraid to leave their homes; the cars are causing an obstruction on the road and other motorists are being forced to try and manoeuver their way through them. I have received a complaint from a female driver in particular who was driving alone and felt very uncomfortable and was quite shaken as she arrived on the scene on her route home. That is not good enough.”

“This is anti-social behavior and an infringement on people just going about their daily business. This behavior is a danger to pedestrians, householders and drivers alike. We need to all work together to tackle this scourge before it escalates even further and ends up in tragedy.”

More To Be Done to Tackle Cross Border Crime

More work to be done with local communities

More work to be done with local communities

Louth County Cllr Edel Corrigan along with Conor Murphy MP, Megan Fearon MLA for Newry and Armagh and Declan Murphy Louth Sinn Fein Constituency Manager, recently met with senior members of E Districts PSNI and Assistant Chief Constable, George Hamilton in regards to a number of issues, including Cross Border crime and communications between members of the PSNI and An Garda Síochána.

Although there appears to be better communication between the PSNI and An Garda Síochána in a number of areas, more still needs to be done to tackle the issues of cross border crime such as car theft, house break ins, burglaries and there are a large number of issues around stolen farm plant and equipment. Cllr Corrigan said “Cross border crime needs to be tackled, and we appreciate this is difficult considering the lack of resources provided. All the more reason then, that An Garda Síochána and the PSNI should communicate, co-ordinate and work with the local communities North and South.”

Cllr Corrigan continued, “I would like to see both the PSNI and An Garda Síochána work together to share initiatives like local community policing plans, Community Restorative Justice programmes and education programmes rolled out in some areas with youth, particularly around topics such as anti-social behaviour, bullying, criminal damage, e-safety, and the Be SMART Anti Rape Campaign.”