More copper thefts in Longford town

Gardai have launched an appeal for witnesses after yet another locally based premises was targeted by copper thieves at the weekend.

Gardai have launched an appeal for witnesses after yet another locally based premises was targeted by copper thieves at the weekend.

This time vandals struck at a private house at Lisduff Cross during the course of Saturday evening. Copper wiring and a cylinder were both taken during the raid which gardai believe occurred sometime between 8:30pm and 10:30am on Sunday.

As has been the case with previous incidents of copper related thefts, substantial water damage was caused to the property as a result of the break in.

Two weeks ago, the Leader reported on how two properties in another Longford town estate had fallen foul to criminals.

In recent months, thieves have focused their attentions on copper roofs, bronze statues and iron equipment to sell on the black market.

Much of the rise in copper thefts has been blamed on the rising price of metals domestically with some products such lead now commanding as much as €1,000 a tonne.

What exactly is it like to live on an estate that is blighted by copper thefts? This week, the Leader spoke to some residents in Silver Birches in Longford town about the issue. See page 16 of the Property and Home Magazine, free with this week’s Longford Leader.