Anger at “spate” of break-ins and vandalism in Carndonagh

Garda are understood to be investigating the incident.

Garda are understood to be investigating the incident.

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A family home in Bridge Street, Carndonagh was broken into on Sunday night and a fire lit inside.

Inishowen County Councillor Albert Doherty told the ‘Journal’ that extensive damage was caused to the roof of the family home, which was recently refurbished.

He said the building incorporates an apartment complex and shop front and was entered into sometime after 10pm. The fire services and Gardai attended the scene.

Councillor Doherty said the family were “very upset” by the incident, which he said was the latest in a “very strong spate” of burglaries and vandalisms in the Carndonagh area in recent times.

He told how there had recently been an attempt to enter Supervalu Supermarket and added that house parties were taking place in a “series of unoccupied business houses.”

Colr. Doherty outlined how other businesses and locations targeted in recent times include Cafe Banba in the Diamond, Carndonagh Football and Boxing Clubs and Barrick Hill Town Park, where “thousands of euro of damage occurred.”

Colr. Doherty recently called on the Inishowen Municipal District to meet Inishowen’s Garda Superintendent. He said the recent incidents reaffirmed the urgency of that meeting.

He said: “I called upon the Inishowen Municipal District to meet the Garda Superintendent to discuss local policing and resources. We need for this to happen sooner rather than later. There is a young group giving Carndonagh a tough time and it needs nipped in the bud.”

Colr. Doherty said he would work alongside his Sinn Fein party colleague Deputy Padraig MacLochlainn on the issue of Garda resources.

He added that Bridge Street was Carndonagh’s “main point of access” from Ballyliffin and the Buncrana areas and said he would now be seeking extra street lighting for the area.