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Monday, 25th March 2019

Bomb squad deal with another device in Drogheda

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The robot on its way to deal with the explosive device which was thrown at a house in Rathmullen Park today. Photo: Andy Spearman.

Families evacuated in Rathmullen as bomb squad deal with suspected explosive device.

The bomb squad or Army Explosive Ordnance Disposal Team to give them their proper title, are becoming regular visitors to Drogheda.

They were back in town again this afternoon to deal with a device which was thrown at a house at Rathmullen Park.

The security forces were alerted shortly before midday today and several families in the locality had to be evacuated from their homes.

There were people in the house when the improvised device but thankfully it did not explode.

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The area was cordoned off for several hours while Gardaí waited for the bomb squad to arrive and make the device safe.

The house in question had been targeted twice before in recent days with both the front window and the glass in the front door having been smashed.

Among the onlookers were a number of women who told Drogheda Life that they were sick and tired of the “carry on” between rival drug gangs.

One woman who was visibly shaking with nerves said that she was at the end of her tether. “I’m terrified to let my kids out to play in the street” she said, “but I can’t keep them under lock and key either. You never know when or where these f---kers are going to strike again.”

Her friend said that “…they should all be put together in one place and let them fight it out amongst themselves and not be involving innocent people.”

A remotely controlled robot deals with the device in the front garden of a house in Rathmullen earlier today. Photo: Andy Spearman.
The scene at Rathmullen Park this afternoon.


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