Rural people keeping guns beside their beds after attack on farmer
People are keeping guns beside their beds, following the vicious attack on a farmer in Offaly last week, a local Community Alert representative has said.
Richie McKelvey, a 54-year-old farmer, was assaulted in his home in Brosna, outside Birr, Co Offaly earlier this week.
Gardaí have appealed for information on his four attackers, saying they had Munster accents and used a high-powered 4X4 vehicle.
Speaking to Midlands 103, Aghancon Community Alert Chairman Joe Parlon highlighted the impact of the attack on the local area.
“Several people have said to me in the last number of days and it's coming from fear leading to anger that by god I have the shotgun beside the bed at the moment.
“That is the reaction that is there at the moment.
“I think as a community we have to try and do what we can to make sure that our community is more secure and that a situation is not there that Richard would feel that he could not come back and live in his own house because he is too afraid,” he said.