A SPATE of muggings, an arson attack, wanton littering and people defecating on beaches has angered locals in a seaside area of Cork.
A gang of youths, believed to be from the city, have robbed a number of beach-goers in the Myrtleville, Fountainstown and Crosshaven areas in recent days.
The thugs were seen stopping smaller groups of teens and forcing them to empty their pockets.
Human faeces, beer cans and large piles of litter have also been left on the beaches.
Last week, a stolen car was set on fire outside the home of county councillor Audrey Buckley, in Church Bay, Crosshaven.
Ms Buckley warned: “Anti-social behaviour with underage drinking is on the rise and needs to be addressed before something fatal happens."
“Everything from faeces to clothes is being left on the beach."
Garda Inspector Ronan Keneally confirmed that a number of reports had been made regarding anti-social behaviour and theft around the beaches.
“We have a number of individuals arrested and investigations ongoing,” Insp Keneally said.
He said that Gardaí are proactively dealing with the incidents.
“We are requesting the cooperation of youths who are visiting the area to respect the locals and also the laws in place or they could be subject to prosecution,” he said.
The Inspector also appealed to parents to be aware of their children's whereabouts and what they were doing.
Ms Buckley said the new 220 bus service, which stops every 15 minutes in Fountainstown, has brought an increasing number of young people to the beaches.
Gangs of youths are getting the bus to Fountainstown and walking to Myrtleville to drink on the beach and then travelling home on the bus in a drunken state.
“It is unfair to the residents who have to clean up after litter louts when they leave the beaches littered with beer cans and glass bottles which is happening a lot more than in previous years," said Ms Buckley.
“It is up to Clean Coast and Tidy Town volunteers to clean it up. It is getting harder and harder to get volunteers because people are so disheartened.
"The antisocial behaviour is getting out of control. Residents are almost looking forward to the rain to get some reprieve from the chaos," she added.