Garda probe into alleged machete incident in Longford town

Garda probe into alleged machete incident in Longford town

Gardaí have said they are investigating a number of feud related incidents in Longford town involving two locally based factions, the latest of which involved the alleged use of a machete against a man in broad daylight.

 It follows last week's revelation by this newspaper which culminated in the seizure of two vehicles following an incident along the town's main Ballinalee Road.

The latest incident gardai are keen to get to the bottom of however was of a more sinister variety.

That occurred lastWednesday on Lower Main Street shortly before midday.

It's understood a navy coloured Ford Mondeo containing a number of men rammed into a jeep at approximately 11:40am.

Seconds later, at least two men got out, one of whom was allegedly carrying what appeared to be a large knife or machete.

As both men approached the vehicle, the driver of the jeep is believed to have sped off in the direction of Longford Garda Station where an official complaint was made.

A Garda spokesperson confirmed detectives were investigating the incident was keen to stress those claims were purely allegations at this stage.

They also believe an incident in  the Ardnacassa area of Longford town during the early hours of last Thursday morning are also linked to the dispute.

At around 5:45am a number of rocks were thrown through two windows of houses in the area while another residence was also the subject of suspected criminal damage less than an hour later.

 “We are investigating a number of incidents in recent weeks between two feuding families,” confirmed the spokesperson.

Like the incident along Ballinalee Road on August 30 last, no arrests have as yet been made.

As such, detectives are appealing for anyone who may have any information about these incidents to contact them at Longford Garda Station on (043) 3350570.