a GARDA squad car was set on fire at Mountmellick Garda Station in the early hours of yesterday morning (Tuesday, April 12).
Extensive damage was done to the car in the brazen arson attack on the grounds of the local garda station.
Speaking yesterday afternooon (Tuesday) Supt. Philip Lyons said he was treating it as a very serious offence. He outlined that the car was parked in a secure area at the back of the station overnight. At the time of the attack, the Mountmellick station was closed.
The local fire brigade attended the scene and extinguished the fire. Supt Lyons added that the car was extensively damaged, but there was no other damage caused to the surrounding property. A garda forensic team attended at the scene on Tuesday morning and the Gardaí are continuing their investigations.
Appealing for the public’s help with the matter, Supt Lyons urged anyone who had passed by the scene, or saw anything suspicious, to contact the gardai.
Fianna Fail Town Councillor, Marc Connolly said this type of crime was uncalled for. He described it as “a disgraceful act. It was irresponsible,” he stated. “If there was an emergency call out, the gardai would have been flummoxed.
“It’s a close knit group in Mountmellick and the gardai do a lot of community work in the town,” he pointed out. “It’s uncalled for in this day and age.”
Cllr Paddy Bracken also said he completely condemned the crime.