Friday 25 May 2018

Couple forced to barricade themselves in kitchen as eight-person gang smash up home

Rathmullan Park. Picture: Google Maps
Rathmullan Park. Picture: Google Maps

Cathal McMahon and Brian O'Reilly

A garda investigation has been launched after a rampaging gang burst into a home armed with hammers, screwdrivers and hatchets.

The terrifying incident unfolded in the early hours of Monday morning at a home in the Rathmullan Park area of Drogheda, Co Louth.

During the attack a couple, aged 40 and 34, were forced to barricade themselves into their kitchen with chairs while the violent mob smashed up their home.

Two people were later arrested by gardaí and questioned over the alleged incident.

Detectives are investigating if the attack was sparked by an altercation on Sunday on West Street in Dorgheda.

During that incident a man and the homeowner (40) clashed. It is unclear what sparked the row.

At 3am on Monday gardaí from Drogheda station were called to the man's home in Rathmullan Park after receiving a report that two windows were broken.

At 6.10am officers received a second call from the homeowner who claimed that eight people had entered the house armed with a sledgehammer, screwdriver and hatchet.

The man and his partner (34) barricaded themselves into the kitchen using chairs after the mob burst through the front door. The gang broke through a number of walls and caused extensive damage to the home.

Nobody was injured in the incident and no items were taken.

Later that day gardaí arrested a man and a woman, in their 30s, in connection with the incident and the pair were questioned at Drogheda Garda station under section 4 of the criminal justice act. The pair were later released without charge and a file is now being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).

Investigators believe that all those involved were in their 30s.

Senior sources say this latest incident is not connected to a spate of recent crimes in the Drogheda area.

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