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Joyriders in Connemara are attacking cars and causing high speed chases

Gardaí say all incidents are being investigated and a number of people have been questioned.

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JOYRIDERS IN CONNEMARA are putting local people in danger with high speed chases and attacks on cars.

A brick was reportedly thrown at a tow truck windscreen as it was transporting one of the suspect cars last weekend.

Rocks have also been left on roads in front of garda cars and a female driver was persistently rear ended recently.

Sinn Féin Senator Trevor Ó Clochartaigh said locals and gardaí have been put in “grave danger”.

I understand that there have been a number of pursuits and that gardaí and other people have been put in grave danger.

“I am told that things are getting particularly out of hand in Ceantar na nOileáin at the moment (Lettermore/Lettermullen/Beal a’Daingean).

Gardaí told TheJournal.ie that all incidents are being investigated and a number of people have been questioned.

However, Ó Clochartaigh is calling on the gárdaí to make more resources available to stop the small group of joyriders causing havoc.

I understand that these types of incidents are becoming more and more frequent and that it is thought that only a small number of individuals are responsible.

“I believe there is an ongoing issue over adequate resources to police these matters, both from a detection and a follow up role and in a preventative manner by patrolling when these incidents tend to occur.”

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