Monday 22 July 2019

Mayor makes appeal as gardai seek dashcam footage after latest violence

Mayor Paul Bell
Mayor Paul Bell

Hubert Murphy

Mayor Paul Bell has said he will meet with those involved in the ongoing feud in the town in a bid to at least secure a ceasefire before someone is killed.

Following a latest gun attack and a series of petrol bomb incidents, the mayor feels the time has come for real dialogue before a life is lost.

'We have to end this or at least create a platform for a ceasefire. All this is having a huge impact on our town and people are afraid that an innocent party in all of this will be killed. The time has come to talk,' he stated.

Speaking exclusively to the Drogheda Independent this week, he added, 'I am prepared to meet with the leadership of the groups involved or those nominated by them (groups) in a non judgemental frame of mind for the sole purpose of bringing an end to the violent activities which are terrorizing our communities and destroying the good name of our town and all it has to offer. The purpose is none other than that.

"My offer is made against the backdrop of listening to many elected civic leaders continually describing and making commentary on the latest violent incident which seems only to feed into a narrative which is entertaining the national media and damaging the reputation of our townm but not offering any solutions into how the feud may be stopped in the interests of the citizens impacted by all of this.'

He says that although the Gardai and the law are key players in the ongoing feud, he says we are all 'duty bound' to do everything possible to stop the 'acts of violence.'

"The offer I have made may be rejected and maybe criticised by those not having a full understanding of the impact which this feud is having on the daily lives of our citizens in every location of our town. The offer to facilitate dialogue also does not negate the work of our Gardai and our duty to support them in their fight to confront the drug trade in our town and my determination to work with every agency and civic group to eradicate the trafficking of illegal drugs in our town".

The statement from the mayor follows an incident last Thursday.

At approximately 7.50pm a number shots were fired in Elmwood Close, Termon Abbey at the driver of a silver VW Golf, injuring the driver. A short time later a male self-presented to Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital suffering from non-life threatening gunshot wounds and was subsequently released from hospital.

Two cars were seen driving away from the scene, a Grey Peugeot 407 07C2620 and a Grey Honda Accord 05D13539.

At approximately 8.10pm a car, Grey Honda Accord, was reported on fire at Carstown railway bridge, Carstown, Termonfeckin. At approximately 8.35pm a car, Grey Peugeot 407, was reported on fire at Starinagh, Collon.

At approximately 11.40pm and 11.50pm two houses in the Moneymore area of Drogheda were attacked and criminal damage caused. No persons were injured.

Superintendent Andrew Watters has appealed for witnesses to contact Gardaí at Drogheda Garda station 041 9874200, the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station with information.

They are seeking dashcam footage from people who may have been in Elmwood Close between 7-8pm to come forward, as well as motorists who were driving in that area or on local roads between Termon Abbey, Drogheda and Carstown.

Chief Superintendent Mangan has expressed his thanks to the wider community in the Drogheda area for their support and assistance over recent weeks which has reduced tensions within the Drogheda area. He said every effort is being made to prevent and detect these irresponsible criminal incidents occurring within a small group of individuals and continues to appeal to the wider community to come forward with any information which will assist An Garda Síochána in bringing the perpetrators to justice.

Drogheda Independent