Tyre slashing in Limerick town is ‘act of lunacy’

Aine Fitzgerald

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Aine Fitzgerald

Gardai were alerted after it was discovered that the equipment was missing from the house where it was being stored
GARDAI are appealing for witnesses after tyres on up to 15 cars were slashed in Kilmallock.

GARDAI are appealing for witnesses after tyres on up to 15 cars were slashed in Kilmallock.

At least five locations in the town were targeted by vandals including Orr Street, Wolfe Tone Street, Riverview estate, Deebert Close, and Ash Hill on the Glenfield Road.

The incidents, which have been described as “an act of lunacy”, came to light on Friday night and in the early hours of Saturday morning as people returned to their cars.

“Up to 15 cars had their tyres slashed between 12 midnight on Friday night and 9am on Saturday morning,“ said a garda spokesperson for Bruff garda station who are investigating the incident.

“All of these streets are in close proximity to each other and all are at the centre of Kilmallock,” he added.

Five cars were targeted in the grounds of Michael Daffy Car Sales on Wolfe Tone Street in the town.

“CCTV is being collected from local businesses and is being analysed,” continued the garda spokesperson.

One car owner who had two tyres slashed described his frustration on seeing the damage on returning to his car.

“It is very frustrating. I had to pay the bones of €100 to replace each tyre. It is a complete act of lunacy to do something like that to people, many of them locals,” he added.

The investigating gardai would like to speak to anyone who may have witnessed any of this activity.

“There were plenty of people socialising in Kilmallock last Friday night and there were also a number of vehicles passing through Kilmallock in the early hours of Saturday morning. To slash tyres on up to 15 cars would have taken some time and it can’t have gone unnoticed,” he added.

“We would be appealing to anyone who may have any information to contact us in confidence at Bruff garda station.”

Bruff gardai can be contacted at 061 382940.