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Friday 15 December 2017

Housing estate has history of violent incidents

Shane Hickey

THE Tullamore housing estate where Derek McDonagh was killed has been the scene of a number of violent incidents.

In April, a shot was fired through the bedroom window of a house in Arden View, one of a series of attacks around the area at the time.

The violence prompted gardai to step up patrols and operate a number of armed checkpoints.

At one stage the chairman of Tullamore Town Council threatened to evict trouble-making families following three separate gun attacks in the town in a nine day period.

In June of last year, residents had to be evacuated from their homes when a suspicious device was found in the housing estate.

The Defence Forces defused the viable device.

Highly violent scenes from the estate have been recorded and posted on YouTube.

Teenagers are seen beating each other up in fist fights, one of which involves a male repeatedly hitting another juvenile while he lies on the ground.

Cars are also filmed speeding in green areas, while there are also videos of cars burning, windows being smashed, and gardai arriving on the scene.

Irish Independent

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