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Water worker escapes injury in pipe-bomb attack


Water meter installing

Water meter installing

Water meter installing

A MAN who was installing water meters narrowly escaped injury following a savage pipe-bomb attack.

The shocking incident happened when the contractor came under attack in a housing estate in Co Louth on Monday evening.

An incendiary device was hurled at the man's van, landing on the roof and bursting into flames.

The worker was at the back of the van at the time and was lucky to escape injury.

He had been carrying out work installing meters on behalf of the Coffey Northumbrian group who are contracted to carry out work in the area on its behalf.

Gardai are now investigating the attack, which happened as darkness fell.

The worker who was targeted is a man in his 50s.

The incident happened at 4pm at Ballsgrove in Drogheda during an anti-water charge protest.

Gardai said an incident of "criminal damage by fire" was being investigated.

A spokesperson for Irish Water confirmed the incident had taken place.

"A pipe-bomb was thrown at a meter installation vehicle in Co Louth on Monday and a vehicle was damaged," the spokesperson told the Herald.

"Gardai are currently investigating the incident."

The attack is the latest in a series of incidents against company workers who have the regional contract to install meters in Louth, Cavan, Monaghan, Longford, Meath and Westmeath.

Other incidents in recent weeks include workers being threatened with knives and other weapons.

Excrement has also been smeared on safety barriers, while stones and other objects have been thrown, and damage caused to windows, tyres and lights on vehicles.

In another case, a worker was approached by a man with a shotgun in his car.