Schoolchildren as young as ten years old are believed to have caused up to €1,000 of criminal damage outside a Longford town hardware store at the weekend.
Both the curtains and straps from a trailer, which had parked outside well known business premises, Providers, were extensively damaged in the incident.
Gardai confirmed to the Leader on Monday that an investigation had been launched with CCTV footage also being viewed.
It is believed that the footage may show young children were behind the vandalism.
The incident has also provoked an angry response on social media after photos were posted to Providers’ Facebook page on Monday of this week.
This particular trailer has been regularly deployed on overseas aid missions, carrying vital essentials to some of the world’s most poverty-stricken destinations.
“It’s about €1,000 of damage that’s been caused,” said Eoin McGinnity of Providers when reacting to last Friday night’s incident
“They (cuplrits) even came back on Saturday night and finished what they hadn’t done the night before.”
It’s understood the vandals gained access to the trailer after opening its back doors.
Within minutes, both the trailer’s curtain and many of its accompanying straps were severed, leaving Mr McGinnity with an estimated €1,000 repair bill.
“It’s annoying because the trailer has gone out to the likes of Belarus and Romania with aid,” he said, adding that another trip had been planned for September.
“The main issue for me though is that you have kids the same age as my youngest walking around town with knives.
“If they are willing to do that sort of damage, where does it end?
Anyone who may have noticed anything suspicious in or around Provider’s yard on Richmond Street between 7:50pm and 8:10pm last Friday to contact Longford Garda Station at (043) 3350570.