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25th Mar 2020

Garda statement issued after teen arrested in Waterford coughing incident

Darragh Murphy

Coughing Dungarvan

Gardai have issued a statement regarding an arrest following reports of people coughing at others in Waterford.

A teenager was arrested in Dungarvan on Monday and Gardai have now issued a statement, confirming the incident is under investigation and delivering guidelines on how the public should report such matters.

In a bid to stamp out the amount of rumours being spread on the subject of Covid-19, Gardai have asked that all suspected criminal activity should be reported to them and not broadcast on social media.

A Garda statement issued to reads: “A male in his late teens was arrested for a Public Order Offence in Dungarvan on Monday 23rd March 2020 and the matter is under investigation.

“An Garda Síochána is aware of ongoing social media reports in relation to person engaged in ‘coughing’ at persons.

“Any member of the public should report such activity to An Garda Síochána and not on social media.

“This activity could amount to an offence under the Public Order Act or Non-Fatal Offences Against the Person Act.

“An Garda Síochána will treat any reports of this type of activity seriously.”

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