Parked cars damaged at Edgeworthstown train station

Gardaí in Edgeworthstown are currently investigating an incident in which a number of exhaust pipes were removed from parked cars at the train station in Edgeworthstown last week.

Gardaí in Edgeworthstown are currently investigating an incident in which a number of exhaust pipes were removed from parked cars at the train station in Edgeworthstown last week.

Sergeant Niall Brennan told the Leader that on November 25 last between 2:30pm and 7pm the exhaust pipes from three cars were removed.

"Three motor vehicles parked at the station had exhaust parts taken," the sergeant said adding that this was the first incident of its kind to be reported in Co Longford.

"We would be appealing to anyone who may have seen anything suspicious at the train station in Edgeworthstown on the date in question to contact us. We don't know at this stage if this was done for monitory gain."

Bridget Sullivan contacted the Longford Leader to say that her sister's car was one of the three vehicles sabotaged at Edgeworthstown train station last week.

"My sister who commutes daily, and who works at Gorta, came home, and found her car scraping as she drove away from the station," explained Bridget adding that her sister then "panicked" and contacted Bridget and her husband who immediately came to the station.

"When we examined the car we found that the exhaust had been cut and the perpetrators had tried to take the exhaust, or part of it.

"I went and got the garda and while waiting for them, I noticed an Audi with something hanging down in the middle. When the garda arrived it emerged that a third car had been interfered with."

Bridget went on to say that the it was necessary to pay for parking at the train station and therefore cars parked there should be safe and secure. She also pointed out that there was "no CCTV" in place and that clampers regularly canvassed the area to ensure that parking was paid for.

"If we have to pay for parking we should expect some kind of security and safety for our cars," said Bridget adding that while there was a sign at the station stating that patrons parked at their own risk, those that did pay to park there were entitled to security.

"Why is the owners of this parking lot making it such easy pickings for thieves and vandals?" she questioned.

"If anyone who has parked at the station in the recent times, has had something puzzling happen to the car, I would ask them to come forward and notify the garda. We might then be able to push for some kind of security at the railway station parking lot."

Iarnrod Eireann has advised that while they are willing to assist with any incident that occurs at Edgeworthstown Railway Station Car Park, there are disclaimer notices in place which state that owners park at their own risk.

"Our station manager at Edgeworthstown had heard about this particular incident, but nothing was reported to our car management company, NCPS," said Joanne Bisset of Corporate Communications at Iarnrod Eireann.

"We are more than happy to assist in any way that we can."

Ms Bisset confirmed that Iarnrod Eireann has plans to install CCTV at Edgeworthstown Railway Station Car Park next year.

Criminals often target catalytic converters which are located in exhaust pipes. The converters contain precious metals including platinum which attract large sums of money at scrap yards.