Wednesday 22 May 2019

House damaged after suspected device thrown through sitting room window in Drogheda

The scene of the fire bomb attack in Drogheda.
The scene of the fire bomb attack in Drogheda.
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Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

GARDAI are investigating after three youths threw a suspected device into a house in Drogheda last night, just hours after a man was shot twice in a nearby estate.

Shortly before midnight, the front sitting room window of a house was damaged after a suspected device was thrown into the house in Moneymore.

There were no injuries but a "considerable amount of damage was done to the house", according to gardai. Investigations into the incident are ongoing.

The incident comes after a 36-year-old man was hospitalised in a serious but stable condition following a shooting outside a house in Hardman's Gardens at around 4.20pm.

It is understood that a red Volkswagon Golf car pulled up outside a house and a number of shots were fired.

The car was later  found burnt out in the Sheephouse area on the Rathmullen Road, Drogheda.

The car was bearing false registration plates, 191D31786, and it is believed that two males ran from this car when it was abandoned.

Superintendent Andrew Watters described the attack in broad day light "as callous and reckless".

A number of people were believed to be in the area at the time and "very narrowly avoided being shot and seriously injured in the attack".

Superintendent Watters continued to assure the community in Drogheda that An Garda Síochána is "making every effort to identify the culprits involved in this irresponsible attack" and is appealing to the community in Drogheda and the wider community to come forward with any information which will assist An Garda Síochána in finding the perpetrators.

Gardai have also appealed for any drivers in the Drogheda area yesterday with dashcam footage to come forward, particularly those who may have been in the vicinity of Hardmans Gardens, Lady of Lourdes Church and Rathmullen Road areas between 4pm and 5pm.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Gardaí at Drogheda Garda station 041 9874200, the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station.

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