Thursday 22 August 2019

Drogheda gang feud: Three more petrol bomb attacks overnight

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Mícheál Ó Scannáil

An investigation has been launched after three more petrol bomb attacks took place last night in Drogheda.

The incidents follow petrol bombs thrown at two houses on Friday night and are strongly believed to be related to an ongoing feud between criminal gangs in the Co Louth town.

The first of last night’s three attacks occurred at around 12:15am on Sunday morning at St Laurence’s Park and saw the front window and the living room of a house damaged by one of the petrol bombs.

Again, just before 1am, another of what Gardaí are describing as a “suspect device” was thrown through the window of a home at Scarlett Crescent.

Nobody was injured in any of the attacks, but a third incident occurred at around 4am at Loughboy, Mell and saw the local fire brigade needed at the scene to deal with damage, which was caused to the targeted property as well as a car parked outside and adjoining house.

All five of the attacks follow an incident on Thursday at Hardman's Gardens which saw a man shot a number of times in what is also suspected to be part of the ongoing feud.

Speaking about that event, Fianna Fáil TD for Louth, Declan Breathnach, said that the incident showed the depravity of those involved in the feud.

“The shooting of a man in broad daylight, in the vicinity of schools, a church and shops is deplorable,” he said.

“Any number of innocent people could have been caught up in the attack. It is the ordinary citizens who are suffering at the hands of a minority.

“This is the third feud related incident in a week and these thugs are terrorising communities with arson, knife and gun attacks.  This feud has been ongoing for over a year now and along with a greater Garda presence I believe there should be harsher penalties for those convicted.

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