Thursday 18 September 2014

Fire engine out of action after attack by vandals

Published 24/07/2014 | 02:30

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The screen of the fire engine was broken as firefighters tackled blaze

A FIRE engine has been taken off the road after its windscreen was smashed when in was attacked by thugs as volunteer firemen tackled a blaze.

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Emergency staff called in to deal with a fire at a derelict house in Ballinacurra Weston were pelted with stones by children as young as 10.

Gardai who attended an earlier fire also allegedly had rocks thrown at them, as youths on horseback rode around the estate.

A spokesperson for Limerick Council – which administers the fire service – confirmed an engine was taken off the road after its windscreen was smashed.

Cathal McCarthy, of the Ballinacurra Weston Residents' Alliance, said: "These are a minority of people in the area who are committing acts of terrorism against our community."

Gardai have stepped up patrols in Ballinacurra Weston. A spokesman said CCTV footage was being examined and they were "confident of arrests".

Irish Independent

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