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Child offered drugs

Wednesday, 9th January, 2019 5:06pm

A child was approached by a man and offered drugs on his way home from school in Cork city, a meeting in the St Luke’s area heard this week.

A mother told gardaí at the community forum on Monday: “About two weeks before Christmas, my son was coming out of school along Wellington Road. He was with two friends and a guy approached him offering him drugs. He’s only in sixth class.

“I rang the gardaí and I reported it and they said they would send a car up.”

Superintendent Mick Comyns told the Cork Independent that this matter will be investigated in the hopes that it won’t happen again.

He added: “Since the start of December, we have a district drugs unit in Mayfield. We have two gardaí who are working on the issue of drugs in the district on a full-time basis. I am confident that this will make a difference in the area.”

Another woman from Sidney Park said drug use was an issue that residents were dealing with a great deal.

She said: “We have this problem a lot. There are congregations of people around the opening to Christian Brothers College (CBC) and they are shooting up there. I called the gardaí a few times and they always come straight out.”

She continued: “It seems they are coming from the needle bin (on Wellington Road) and it could be in the afternoon, lunchtime or 3 in the morning. It’s pretty regular and they are not from the area.”

The meeting heard how drug users are gathering outside CBC with a nearby needle bin being blamed for the influx in drug taking at the gates of the school, near Sidney Place.

Superintendent Mick Comyns said that any issues that arose at the meeting will be dealt with by the gardaí and encouraged the public to report drug use to An Garda Síochána.

In a statement to the newspaper, CBC said: "The college is proud of the quality of its educational provision to students in Cork over the last 130 years, the reputation it has developed for academic and sporting excellence and the climate of care that has been developed for all in the CBC community. College management works continually to ensure that the safety and welfare of all students is paramount and regularly reviews its health and safety procedures. CBC works closely with neighboring schools, the city council, residents and other members of the community on a range of issues."

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