THERE was outrage in the community of Muff this week when locals learned of the vandalism caused to an antique style water pump and also of the theft 500 litres of diesel from a digger on the outskirts of the village.
The unique water pump, which had been recently installed in the area to add to the character of the Inishowen village, was targeted when vandals pulled the handle off it in the early hours of Monday morning.
The village has been recently given a facelift to coincide with the arrival of the Clipper Challenge yachts to Derry.
In a separate incident a contractor who had been engaged to carry out ground work at the MUGA centre on the outskirts of the village, had 500 litres of diesel and batteries stolen from his diggers.
There was also considerable damage was caused to a door of the digger.
According to local woman Phyllis McKenna the people who targeted the digger carried out a “despicable act”.
“The MUGA centre is a new play area in Muff that provides facilities for the youth of the parish to engage in different activities such as tennis and at present the Muff Development Co-Op is getting a children’s playground up and running.
“Those who carried out these despicable act have no regard for other people’s property, or for the amount of hard work being put into providing these much needed facilities..”
Anyone with any information regarding these incidents of theft and vandalism is asked to contact the Gardai immediately.
Well known local man Jim McLaughlin said the water pump was a “good job” and looked very well.
He said it was shame it was vandalised and “typical” of some young people.
The incidents have since been reported to Gardai and the local garda in Muff are currently investigating the crimes. Anyone with information should contact Muff Garda Station on 074 93 84002