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The smoldering remains of the bonfire at Lisheen Park in Knockbridge where firefighters came under attack.

The smoldering remains of the bonfire at Lisheen Park in Knockbridge where firefighters came under attack.

The smoldering remains of the bonfire at Lisheen Park in Knockbridge where firefighters came under attack.

It was 'Horroreen' not Halloween in north Louth as gangs went on the rampage.

Fire fighters were attacked twice by youths in Knockbridge who pelted them with stones and fireworks and Rampark NS in Lordship was vandalised.

The first attack came when fire fighters were called to a bonfire in Lisheen Park at 10pm. A gang of around 50 youths began throwing stones and fireworks at the fire tender and the crew decided to pull away from the area as they were under attack.

Less than an hour later, the fire engine came under attack again as it passed through Knockbridge on its way to a fire at Cavan Hill.

The incidents have been condemned by Louth fire chief Eamon Woulfe who called them 'reprehensible and outrageous. The fact that people were attacked while they were trying to do their job is outrageous.'

Meanwhile, Rampark primary school was vandalised after a gang of teenagers descended on Lordship. It's believed that the gathering had been organised though Bebo.

Up to 50 youths wearing hoodies and balaclavas terrorised local residents, threw fireworks at passing cars, and smashed windows in the school. A rocket was thrown through the window into a classroom but fortunately the fire didn't spread.

'It could have been a lot worse if the fire had taken hold,' commented Joe McDonnell, principal Rampark NS, as he condemned an attack on the school in the early hours of Saturday morning.

'There was a lot of broken glass strewn around the place as nine panes of glass were smashed,' he said.

'As soon as they heard what happened, parents came down and helped to clean up the mess on Saturday morning.'

And a hoax call added to a busy and stressful Halloween night for Dundalk fire service.

Two fire crews and an ambulance rushed to the scene of a reported house fire at Wolfe Tone Terrace shortly after 2.30am on Saturday only to discover it was a hoax.


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