Crime in Askeaton Could Escalate to Someone Getting Killed, Says Councillor

Crime in Askeaton could escalate to someone getting killed - Limerick Voice
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Crime in Askeaton could worsen to the point where someone gets killed, a local Councillor has said.

Cllr Kevin Sheahan, speaking in relation to a stabbing in Askeaton on Sunday, said measures need to be put in place to stamp out this type of behaviour.

“This is worse than the Lebanon in the bad days. We can go on and on until someone is killed,” he said.

Mr Sheahan added, that the Department of Justice needs to return Askeaton’s Garda station to a 24 hour service.

“Burnings and stabbings, that type of behaviour, in a picturesque town in the county is most unacceptable,” he said.

A woman in her 30s was taken to hospital after being stabbed in the leg in Moig, Askeaton, on Sunday November 1.

Her injury is understood not to be life threatening.

A 25-year-old Askeaton man was today remanded in custody on charges of assault and possession of a knife in connection to the crime.

In related incidents last Sunday, two caravans were burnt down in Church View and at the junction between Abbey View and The Green.

The incidents are linked to on-going family disputes in the area.

Gardaí are investigating the incident and there has been an increased Garda presence in the town since.

Askeaton Garda Station was downgraded in April 2013 from a 24 hour service to one hour a day, merging with Newcastle West.

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