Graffiti scourge continues

Three businesses have this week become the latest targets of brazen graffiti vandals, heightening concerns of a sudden rise in spray paint attacks in the town.

Three businesses have this week become the latest targets of brazen graffiti vandals, heightening concerns of a sudden rise in spray paint attacks in the town.

Both Longford Hire Centre and Toy city, situated just off the town’s main Athlone Road were hit over the course of last Friday and Saturday morning. During that same interval, damage was also caused to a wall outside the Aldi supermarket on the Killashee road.

It follows an almost identical incident at Longford town’s dog track on Monday evening (June 25) and Tuesday morning (June 26) of last week.

So far, gardai have been careful not to link any of the damage caused to commercial buildings at opposite ends of the town, but have indicated both episodes last weekend may be connected.

Investigators are also likely to concentrate on whether the daubings are similarly associated with spray paint being left on three bridges along the town’s new N5 by-pass.

The Lisbrack bridge, railway and river bridges were all targeted within the space of a matter of hours three weeks ago in what was the first semblance of graffti style attacks being reported to gardai.

As such, gardai this week have appealed for members of the public to assist them with their enquiries. Anyone with information is asked to contact Longford Garda Station at 043 3346741.