Gardai appeal for info on Malin vandalism

Malin Tidy Town committee members, from left, Ronald Boggs, Hugh McColgan and John McLaughlin, survey the damage after buses stolen in Moviile and Carndonagh were driven over the green in the town. (1506PG65)

Malin Tidy Town committee members, from left, Ronald Boggs, Hugh McColgan and John McLaughlin, survey the damage after buses stolen in Moviile and Carndonagh were driven over the green in the town. (1506PG65)

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Gardai in Inishowen are appealing to the people of the peninsula following the vandalism caused to Malin Green by a pair of stolen buses.

Yesterday morning residents of village woke up to find their green ripped up by what local Tidy Town’s Committee chairperson said was the result of “doughnutting.”

CCTV footage showed the damage was caused by two buses, which had been stolen from both Carndonagh and Moville.

Gardai in Inishowen have now made an appeal to the people of the community to come forward with any information on the possible culprits.

Speaking yesterday, Buncrana Supt Kevin English said it was “not acceptable” that the hard work of the voluntary Tidy Towns Committee in the village, who he said “take great pride in their work”, had been vandalised.

He said: “These people were attempting to do doughnuts with a bus, which is certainly not an easy thing to do but it shows you the mentality of the people involved.”

Supt English said he wanted to make a special appeal to the people of Malin, Carndonagh, Moville and Culdaff who may have seen the stolen buses – which he descibed as being old Swilly buses, with the registrations 95 DL and 94 DL – between the hours of 12 midnight and 4am yesterday morning.

“If anyone seen them at four in the morning it would’ve been highly unusual, and maybe that would spike their memory,” said the Supt.

He surmised the drivers of the buses, which were abandoned in the Corvish area, would need to have been picked up by someone in a car.

He urged parents who may have had a son who was out until 4am on Tuesday night to be aware there were no discos or nightclubs “People need to take a responsible attitude,” he said.

In addition, the Superintendent revealed the Gardai were not ruling out a connection between an incident last April when a bus was stolen from Station Rd in Carndonagh and was later found burnt out at Culdaff Beach.

Supt English also made a general appeal to the public to report any suspicious activity.

lHe said: “If people do see something, always report it. Don’t leave it to someone else.”

Anyone with any information should contact Buncrana Garda Station on 074 9320540.