Petrol bomb attack a reckless act

Two people were lucky to escape uninjured after a petrol bomb was thrown through the window of their house in Muirhevnamor on Sunday evening.
The attack, which was described by Sinn Fein councillor Ruairí O’Mhurchu as reckless, saw the petrol bomb thrown through the front window. There were two occupants in the house at the time and investigations are ongoing.
Cllr O’Mhurchu condemned the violent act while calling for an increase in resources locally to tackle violent crime and drug related activities.
“This is an attack in a busy housing estate and there can be no justification whatsoever for it. Thankfully nobody got hurt in this instance but we need to ensure that we have adequate resources locally to help ensure this doesn’t get out of control. We’ve seen what has been happening in Drogheda over the last number of months and how it has escalated and we need to get on top of this before it happens here too.
“There have been numerous attacks by those involved in the sale and supply of illegal drugs on people, homes and property across Louth and it’s got to the point that people in some areas are living in fear due to the indiscriminate and reckless nature of these attacks,” explained Rory.
“Individuals and members of their families are being attacked and threatened by criminal gangs. We had a meeting in Dunleer last week to try and come up with solutions to end these acts of intimidation and one of the main things that was discussed was the need for extra Gardaí and for people in the community to help Gardaí stop these criminals.
“Recently we had an additional 25 Gardaí assigned to Drogheda and we have asked that these extra resources will be made permanent. We also need to increase the staffing levels of the Drugs and Organised Crime Unit in Louth to ensure adequate staff in Dundalk, Drogheda and Mid Louth. There is a need for a well-resourced, multi-agency approach bringing together all of the stake-holders in the state, community and voluntary sectors to tackle the scourge of drugs and its associated health and criminal issues.
“I will continue to lobby for additional funding to be provided to Louth Gardaí to combat this very real and dangerous threat,” concluded Cllr O’Mhurchú.

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