JOYRIDERS AGED 12 ARRESTED AFTER CITY CENTRE CAR RAMPAGE; Trio Held after Garda Chase

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Byline: By OLIVIA KELLEHER

THREE 12-year-old joyriders were involved in a high-speed car chase with gardai early yesterday morning.

They were arrested after their car ploughed into another vehicle on a city centre street.

They also destroyed a set of traffic lights in the collision in Washington Street, Cork, at around 3am.

Green Party councillor Chris O'Leary said: "These guys could have smashed into someone and killed them. It is inexcusable."

Cllr O'Leary, whose house was firebombed by youngsters last year, was shocked by the incident.

He added: "I was totally taken aback by the story. My stance on this is very clear. At this stage one would have to say the parents can't cope.

There is a role for the Health Service Executive in dealing with this.

"I have daughters and they could have killed one of them if they were on a night out.

"What went on with that chase is unbelievable. Will we have to wait until someone is killed before something is done?

"It is a shirking of responsibility by parents who can't cope or manage.

"I firmly believe parents are allowing parental responsibility to go to teachers and youth workers. …