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Gardaí are closely monitoring the situation after a 59-year-old convicted child porn offender was targeted by vigilantes twice within the space of a week.

It is understood officers have given David Sharpe security advice after his car was set on fire near his home off Drogheda Street in Balbriggan, on Tuesday evening. The attack happened just four days after vigilantes smashed up the same vehicle.

"An exact motive for this has yet to be established but there is no evidence that Mr Sharpe has been involved in any recent crime," a senior source said.

"The most likely explanation is that someone in the locality became aware of his past conduct and decided to take the law into their own hands in an attempt to drive him out of the area.

"At approximately 5.55pm on Tuesday, gardaí received reports of a car on fire in the area. Dublin Fire Brigade attended the scene and the vehicle has since been removed from the scene for a technical examination," a Garda spokesman said.

There were no injuries as a result of the incident.

Sharpe avoided jail in December, 2012, after he pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to possession of child pornography at the 02 Store, Scotch Hall, Drogheda on June 13, 2009. He has no previous convictions.

This week's arson attack led to a Garda appeal for information in which they stressed the incident is being investigated as a standalone incident.

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