Residents living in fear of 'mob behaviour' at Ballyvolane dump

Residents living in fear of 'mob behaviour' at Ballyvolane dump
Rubbish gathered at Spring Lane, Cork.Photo: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

RESIDENTS of Spring Lane are living in fear that someone will be hurt after a portable security building was set on fire at Ellis's Yard last night.

It was reported yesterday that security staff were taken off site for their own safety at the former Ballyvolane illegal dump this week after being threatened by an armed and masked gang.

Emergency services were called to the site last night after a portable building used by security staff was set alight.

Nobody was injured. Several units of Cork City Fire Brigade attended.

Local Labour representative John Maher visited the scene and said locals were concerned someone had been inside.

One resident told The Echo locals are living in fear the gang, who had been running an illegal waste collection service and using Ellis's Yard as a landfill, will end up seriously hurting someone.

Fianna Fail Councillor Ken O'Flynn has called for the Criminal Assets Bureau (CAB) to intervene.

"I am seriously concerned that no complaints are or have been made to Gardai about recent incidents as I believe the security and other personnel associated with this site have either been intimidated into remaining silent or are afraid of intimidation from the well known perpetrators," he said.

"I believe the intervention of the Revenue Commissioners, the Criminal Assets Bureau and the Gardai needs to be considered for the well known perpetrators in this case so that their illegal activities can be stopped and their intimidation of this site can be ended once and for all.

"I believe that these well known perpetrators do not fear the Gardai and have no respect for the law and I further believe that the residents of this area have suffered enough and if something definitive is not done by the Gardai and the armed response support unit to end this situation, I fear that lives could be lost should residents or the security personnel on the site be targeted by these well known perpetrators," he added.

Local resident John Maher has said the continued “mob behaviour” must stop now up in Ellis Yard in Ballyvolane.

“The area has been cleaned up, but now security workers are being intimidated and have to be withdrawn from the site. Last nights attempt to burn the cabin where the security crew would be situated is another brazen attempt by this gang to frighten staff & residents in the area,” he said.

“The people of the area are happy the area is cleaned up, they now want a long term plan to develop the site, community centre, sporting grounds or a place to build affordable homes are all possible ideas for the site.” 

“We need to make a decision on a plan for the area and in the meantime the gardaí must ensure the full rigours of law and order are implemented on the site, as this behaviour is totally unacceptable”

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