Youth arrested in connection with suspected arson attack at home of garda

Youth arrested in connection with suspected arson attack at home of garda

Update: The teenager arrested as part of the investigation into a suspected arson incident at a house at Hawthorn Crescent, Bay Estate, Dundalk last Sunday evening has been released without charge.

A file will be prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions. Investigations are ongoing.

Earlier: A teenager has been arrested by gardaí investigating a suspected arson attack at the home of a member of the force in Co Louth.

The fire at the house in Dundalk occurred last Sunday evening.

Windows cracked from the heat but the family escaped uninjured but seriously traumatised.

Firefighters brought the blaze under control but the exterior of the property was badly damaged.

It is the third attack on a garda's home in the Dundalk area in the past 18 months.

"Gardaí investigating the suspected arson incident at a house in Hawthorn Crescent, Bay Estate, Dundalk which occurred late on Sunday night, 7th June 2020, have arrested a male youth in his teens in connection with this investigation," a garda spokesperson said.

"He is currently being detained under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act 1984 at Dundalk Garda Station."

Speaking on Monday, GRA general secretary Pat Ennis said gardaí in the border region have been repeatedly attacked due to their work.

More on this topic

Wealthier people have more confidence in gardaí to tackle crimeWealthier people have more confidence in gardaí to tackle crime

Fears of ‘major miscarriage of justice’ in probe of gardaFears of ‘major miscarriage of justice’ in probe of garda

Brothers who drowned in Tipperary tragedy named locallyBrothers who drowned in Tipperary tragedy named locally

Michael Clifford: Concerns of a miscarriage of justice and for the good name of An Garda SíochánaMichael Clifford: Concerns of a miscarriage of justice and for the good name of An Garda Síochána

More in this Section

Four men arrested following seizure of cannabis worth €40k in CorkFour men arrested following seizure of cannabis worth €40k in Cork

HSE chief expects a million downloads of Covid-19 tracker app in first 24 hoursHSE chief expects a million downloads of Covid-19 tracker app in first 24 hours

Eamon Ryan missed opportunity to promote women and unite the party, says Catherine MartinEamon Ryan missed opportunity to promote women and unite the party, says Catherine Martin

Covid-19: Airborne transmission cannot be ruled out, says WHOCovid-19: Airborne transmission cannot be ruled out, says WHO


Lifestyle

New drama series Mrs America stars Cate Blanchett, while Liverpool are among the teams in action in the Premier League.Wednesday's TV highlights: Mrs America and live Liverpool action

More From The Irish Examiner