Meadowbank residents praise garda action

Residents in the Meadowbank area of Letterkenny have been lavishing praise on a local garda who stood his ground while being surrounded by a group of up to 14 “thugs”, a local community activist has told the Donegal Democrat.

Residents in the Meadowbank area of Letterkenny have been lavishing praise on a local garda who stood his ground while being surrounded by a group of up to 14 “thugs”, a local community activist has told the Donegal Democrat.

Former Letterkenny Town Councillor PJ Blake said it has been relayed to him by members of the local community in Meadowbank that they would wish to express their gratitude to the officer for his policing of the area.

PJ said with rising crime rates and anti-social behaviour it was comforting for the residents to know the garda in question did not “back down” in the face of a potentially dangerous situation.

“What with all these reports in rise in burglaries and anti-social behaviour, I’ve been told by residents of the Meadowbank area that a couple of weeks ago a garda had been surrounded by a group of up to 14 young people in relation to a car he was going to seize that they were messing about in that was causing concern. He had to draw his baton and pepper spray. The residents were delighted that he stood his ground and that the forces of law and order were observed. He was there on his own and it was a while before he got back up support,” PJ explained.

He said the community were keen to see that officer were suitably supported in the area in the future.