Fury over 'needless' Longford vandalism

Jessica Thompson

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River Camlin

Life buoys and a traffic cone: just some of the objects carelessly dumped in the River Camlin last week.

A Longford town councillor has expressed his fury at the “needless vandalism” by a few “mindless thugs” who tossed, among other things, essential life bouys into the River Camlin behind Áras An Chontae last week.

Cllr Gerry Warnock was disappointed and infuriated when he took a lunchtime stroll on Friday afternoon only to see the good work carried out by Tidy Towns volunteers undone by the aforementioned “mindless thugs”.

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The river, which had been cleaned up ahead of the visit of Tidy Towns adjudicators now has a new collection of traffic cones and shopping trolleys, which were carelessly dumped into its waters.

“But what has infuriated me and prompted me to write this was the addition of two lifebuoy rings,” Cllr Warnock said on his Facebook page.

“Lifebuoys are not something we erect for the craic... They don't do anything to enhance the aesthetics of the area...

“But what they can do is potentially save lives. Vandalism like this can potentially cost lives.

“I have already passed this on to the LCC but I am calling on the civic-minded members of the public to be even more vigilant and, if need be, report these animals to either the Guards or the Council or to me or any other councillor,” he concluded.