Limerick gardai investigate spate of arson attacks

David Hurley

Reporter:

David Hurley

One of the cars which was burned out in the Briarfield Estate, Castletroy
A FILE is to be prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions in relation to a spate of arson attacks on cars in the Castletroy area of the city.

A FILE is to be prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions in relation to a spate of arson attacks on cars in the Castletroy area of the city.

At least cars six cars were completely burned out between Good Friday and Bank Holiday Monday with several more being badly damaged.

While investigations are ongoing, garda sources have estimated that the total amount of damage caused over the past week could be in excess of €100,000

Most of the incidents happened in the Briarfield estate opposite the Castletroy Shopping Centre, while there were also incidents at nearby Elm Park and The Meadows.

According to local residents and councillors the cars appear to have been targeted at random by those responsible.

In the wake of the arson attacks, many residents in the Briarfield estate have begun parking their cars away from the estate at night because of fears that their cars could also be set alight.

There are also moves to establish a residents association in the hope of lobbying Limerick County Council to close a number of laneways, which residents say are attract anti-social elements and causing annoyance.

One resident in Briarfield described the scene on Monday as “something like you would see in Beirut”.

Another, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told the Limerick Leader that the recent surge of violence in the sleepy estate came out of the blue and has shocked the entire community.

“It doesn’t make sense, three or four houses were targeted in total for no apparent reason. It’s very strange and people are very worried and upset,” he said.

All of the burned out cars were removed for technical examinations and gardai conducted house-to-house inquires over the Bank Holiday weekend.

A 15-year-old boy, who was arrested in the Castletroy area at around 8am on Wednesday has since been released without charge pending directions from the DPP.