Gardai plan action to combat scrambler use in public areas
GARDAI are planning a major day of action in Ballyfermot and Cherry Orchard this month, to combat the reckless use of scramblers in public parks and roads.
Reports of scramblers have increased significantly in recent months within the area.
Senior gardai would not provide specific details of the planned “day of action”, however The Echo understands it will involve the collection of intelligence, CCTV and identification of individuals who are using bikes in a dangerous manner in public spaces.
Previous operations in the area have resulted in arrests.
Last year, four men were arrested following a garda operation after planned searches under warrants at a number of suspect’s homes.
Two high-power scrambler motorbikes were located and seized during the course of these searches.
Four males who were identified driving scrambler motorbikes in public parks and public roads in the Cherry Orchard area, were arrested and brought to Clondalkin and Ballyfermot Garda Stations.
In April 2020, eight people were arrested in Ballyfermot following searches which resulted in the seizure of a scrambler, two quad bike, two e-bikes and heroin with a street value of €3,000.
Recently, a young man was hospitalised following a biking accident in Drumfinn Park on Saturday, July 16.
A resident told The Echo the park was full of motorbikes and quads for much of the day “but all of a sudden there was sudden silence.”
“It was going from about 2pm onwards – it’s always a nightmare with bikes and quads in the area,” said a resident.
“Around the main entrance to the park, the fire brigade arrived and were there for a good while. The park was full of motorbikes and quads during a football game. It is only a matter of time before somebody is fatally injured.”
A garda spokesperson said enquiries are ongoing related to the incident.
“A male was taken to St James’ Hospital for treatment of his injuries. Investigations are ongoing at this time,” said a spokesperson.