A man was thought to be dead while another was arrested for public order offenses on a ‘nightmare’ alleyway in the center of Dublin last night.
North Lotts, which is just off Liffey Street Lower, has become a hotspot for anti-social behavior over the past eight weeks, amid fears forced prostitution is taking place. A local councilor previously saw a woman shooting heroin into her arm while a child in a pram was just a few feet away.
In the latest incident, a man was believed to be dead by a shocked passer-by. However, a source confirmed that the man, who was treated by emergency services at the laneway, was alive, and was subsequently taken to hospital.
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Another man, in his 20s, was arrested at the scene for public order offenses and was later charged. Gardai confirmed they are investigating the incident.
A spokeswoman said: “Gardaí is investigating a public order incident that occurred on North Lotts, Dublin 1 yesterday evening, Wednesday June 22, 2022 at approximately 10.20pm. One male was found to be unresponsive and was treated by Emergency Services.”
She added: “A male (20s) was arrested for public order offens and taken to Store Street Garda Station where he was detained under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act, 1984. He was later charged and is due to appear before CCJ at a later date. “
A witness to the scene told Dublin Live she “was walking down the lane at the back of Supermacs on O’Connell Street in Dublin 1 last night, and there was a body on the ground and about six or eight guards there. An ambulance came and took him away, and it was sealed off with the yellow tape. “
Dublin Live previously reported that crack cocaine and heroin use and dealing are so common on North Lotts that a local Councillor compared it to an open market for drugs. Residents living on the lane are living in fear of those occupying the laneway who regularly “intimidate” them.
A garda operation has seen some success in tackling the issues recently but Councilor Christy Burke told Dublin Live “it is kicking off again”.
Councilor Burke said: “It is a nightmare. My heart goes out to the residents out there, apart from the noise and the mayhem and intimidation, even to look out at such mayhem and anti-social [behaviour] is enough to put you off. “
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