Willowdale residents in lock down after recent incidents on quiet street

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Residents of the of the normally quiet Willowdale area of Bay Estate have been left afraid to step out in street after a recent weekend of mayhem.

Residents of the of the normally quiet Willowdale area of Bay Estate have been left afraid to step out in street after a recent weekend of mayhem.

Last week the Democrat reported on a malicious arson attack in which a semi -detached house on the street was targeted.

The burning of the house at Willowdale was the climax of a number of days of chaos on the street.

The evening before the fire, which took place on Setpember 27, Gardai told the residents of the house that was attacked to leave the area for the night.

The front living room of the house was then petrol bombed.

Some time in the six hours preceding this incident the Dundalk Democrat understands that an assault occured in which a person was injured.

On the Sunday following the fire it is understood that masked men then smashed in the windows of the buiding which had been burned the previous day.

Speaking to the Dundalk Democrat, a concerned local man who did not wish to be named, said that residents are now living in fear on the street.

“Bay Estate primary school is a stone’s throw from where these vicious acts took place, and now school children are forced to walk past this house going to and from school. This will be for the foreseeable future.

“Bay Estate is a private estate and many people who live in the area are frightened to leave their homes now, and have been since Friday when there was uninterrupted chaos in Willowdale lasting from 11pm Friday til 5am Saturday.

“Residents are baffled that no arrests have been made as yet, and that they’re forced to live like prisoners in their own homes, ones they’ve lived in for decades, many of them elderly and living alone.”

The man believes that while it has quietened down during the week, trouble seems to start again at the weekends.

“School children have to walk through this area and the concern is obviously that something might happen to them.”

Speaking to the Dundalk Democrat, Tomas Sharkey who together with Kevin Meenan had been liaising with residents on the incident outlined the situation.

“We want the Gardaí to properly police residents where there are known to be difficulties.

“The incidents in Willowdale highlights the ongoing issue in Dundalk were people involved in anti-social behaviour don’t seem to b e charged or convicted of any offences.”

Gardaí state: “A Garda investigation into a fire at a house in Willowdale, Bay Estate, Dundalk in the early hours of September 27th is ongoing and anyone with information is asked to contact Dundalk Garda Station 041-9874200 or the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111.”

No arrests have been made to date.