Gardaí probe petrol bomb discovery

A detachment from the Garda Mounted Support Unit is in Longford this week to support local officers in their duties. Pictured outside St Mel's Cathedral are Garda Denis Farrell on Fiachra and Garda Nives Caplice on Donagh. Photo: Michelle Ghee. www.gphotos.ie
Gardaí in Longford have launched an investigation following the discovery of a petrol bomb outside a house in the town last Sunday evening.

Gardaí in Longford have launched an investigation following the discovery of a petrol bomb outside a house in the town last Sunday evening.

The improvised incendiary device was accompanied by what a garda spokesperson described as “a sinister note”.

The spokesperson added that investigating officers are “following a line of inquiry” in relation to the incident, and the scene was examined by a forensics team on Monday morning, while a search of the surrounding area was also conducted.

Gardaí in Longford are also appealing for information following a burglary at a commercial premises in the Athlone Road area of the town in the early hours of last Monday morning.

A large quantity of Bosch power tools was stolen during the raid.

“We would ask the public to be wary if they are offered power tools for an unusually low price,” a garda spokesperson advised.

Anyone with information relating to either incident is asked to contact Longford Garda Station on 043 3350570 or the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666111.

There has been an increased Garda presence around Longford town recently, with a number of checkpoints being put in place at various locations in the urban area. A detachment from the Garda Mounted Support Unit is also in Co Longford this week to assist local officers in their duties. The unit will undertake patrols and man checkpoints in Longford, Ballymahon and Lanesboro over the coming days.