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Halloween is fast approaching and my 80- year-old father will have to go into B&B. I live and work in London, and try to support him as best I can. He is too terrified to stay in his own home, because adults pelted a dozen eggs off his front door on Halloween night, and fire bangers are fired in the direction of his home.
He rang the gardaí several times: no reply, with the station open a couple of hours a day. Rang the Garda station 12 miles away: nobody to send out. The gardaí say fire bangers are illegal. There were no gardaí to enforce this law.
Halloween is curfew day for my father, and all his elderly neighbours. An elderly man, who was walking to the shop for the paper, had his knee seriously injured with an egg thrown from a passing car. Twelve months on, he is still receiving treatment for his knee.
Surely, CCTV, monitored by the gardai, should be put in place in all built-up areas, especially housing estates. Some people say it’s not anti-social behaviour until a window is broken. Absolute and utter nonsense. All too often minor acts of vandalism turn into bigger ones. “Well, I got away with that, now I can try something bolder, and boast to my friends about what I managed to get away with.”
We should be organising a National Day of Concern for all the people who are afraid to stay in their homes at Halloween.
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