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Sunday 11 December 2016

Teens on 'anti-crime list' told they're not targets

gardai have contacted the families of 15 teens whose names and addresses were listed at an anti-crime meeting to assure them there is no threat against them.

The Herald has learned that officers have viewed and seized CCTV footage of the man who distributed a list of 15 names of young males, aged between 13 and 18, who were accused of anti-social behaviour at a controversial public meeting.

The list was circulated at Fettercairn Community Centre in Tallaght at the meeting organised by Fianna Fail on March 25.

It has now emerged that a team of gardai called to the community centre and studied CCTV before taking stills of an unidentified individual who is suspected of distributing the leaflets at the meeting.

A senior source has also revealed that officers have called to the family homes of the 15 teenagers who were identified in the leaflet and held "meaningful discussions" with them.

"All these families have been spoken to," the source explained. "It can be confirmed that there are no credible or active threats against any of these people.

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"In essence this is a community policing matter and the gardai in Tallaght have been and will be on top of anti-social behaviour issues or any other problems that crop up. This is about engaging with the community," the source added.

The source said that gardai are also determined to discover the identity of the man who distributed the leaflets.

When the Herald contacted the Fettercairn Community Centre in relation to the developments, a volunteer there said: "We have no further comment to make. This matter is in the hands of the gardai now."

At the meeting, which was hosted by FF party justice spokesman Niall Collins and attended by around 60 residents, people were critical of what they saw as a failure by politicians and gardai to tackle anti-social behaviour.

Fianna Fail distanced itself from the list of names and said they do not know who distributed the typed sheets.

A quick-thinking manager in the centre who spotted the lists destroyed them, but it is unclear how many people may have picked one up or distributed them elsewhere.

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