Cars torched in Daisyfield Park

Colr.  Patricia Logue at one of the burnt out units at the halting site on the Letterkenny road. (0305JB60)

Colr. Patricia Logue at one of the burnt out units at the halting site on the Letterkenny road. (0305JB60)

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Arsonists have destroyed five vehicles including a number of mobile homes at the Daisyfield Park this week.

The halting site, which is used by members of the travelling community, has now been shut by the Housing Executive due to health and safety reasons.

The ‘Journal’ visited the site to find a number of burned out vehicles, caravans and trailer park type homes, some of which were still smouldering.

A barricade has been erected at the entrance to the halting site with a sign posted by the Northern Ireland Housing Executive and signed by district manager, Eddie Doherty.

Confirming the closure was due to health and safety concerns, the notice read: “Please do not use this site.” It also re-directed people to the Greenbrae facility in Strabane.

Sinn Féin Councillor Patricia Logue, said: “The place is in a terrible mess. These incidents caused a lot of worry and stress for the local community.

“I visited the site with Community Restorative Justice and spoke with a Housing Executive representative about concerns and issues relating to the halting site.”

Colr. Logue added: “It’s hoped the site can be cleaned up as soon as possible.

“And then decisions will have to be made as to what the future holds for it.”