'Lives have been put at risk' - Locals outraged at 'needless vandalism' of life-saving equipment on busy beach
Locals have been left outraged after vandals "needlessly" burned life-saving equipment at a busy beach in Co Louth.
Over the weekend, equipment at the scenic Templetown beach was destroyed with images showing life buoys burned to a crisp.
One local tweeted the shocking image, condemning the "needless vandalism".
Local Fine Gael councillor John McGahon told Independent.ie that it was an "absolute disgrace".
"To tamper with life-saving equipment is one of the worst offences someone can commit.
"The Templetown beach is very scenic and busy and to see that vandalism is an absolute disgrace."
Mr McGahon said that the life-saving equipment will be replaced immediately.
"Those vandals have put lives at risk. It's unacceptable and unnecesarry."