20 men and women were said to be in battle, drinking and shouting at the front of a house in a housing estate in Castlebar earlier this month, and smashed car and house windows during the fracas.

A woman, who is a resident of the estate, described herself as “terrified” to give her name, in a letter she wrote to Castlebar councillor Michael Kilcoyne this week, outlining what she witnessed.

The woman said she reported the incident to Mayo County Council, as the residents of the house where the fracas occurred are tenants of the local authority, but in response the council told her she must identify herself before they would investigate her complaint.

The gardai were called to the fracas and the group calmed down and went inside, but once the gardai left, she claims the group again emerged at the front of the house.

Cllr Kilcoyne read the woman’s letter into yesterday’s county Joint Policing Committee and asked the gardai to provide statistics on the number of anti-social incidents that they deal with in the county.

Supt Joe McKenna said he was aware of the incident that the woman was referring to and he said there were a number of arrests in connection with the incident that night and criminal charges will follow.

Cllr Kilcoyne has been telling Midwest News Editor Teresa O’Malley more about the woman’s fear and the growing number of anti social behavior incidents in housing estates in Castlebar