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Friday, March 20, 2009

Families flee Moyross as tension builds

Armed Gardai have maintained a strong presence in Moyross this week following the murder of 18 year old Darren Bennet.

Gardai have confirmed three families were forced to flee their homes yesterday as a mob of 60 youths attacked homes in Craeval Park and set houses on fire in the estate. There was also three separate fires at houses in Shanabooly Road yesterday evening.

Gardai preserving the scene of the murder came under pressure again yesterday as youths tried to encroach on the cordoned off area. Armed backup was once again requested.
“Last night, an angry mob gathered in the area and directed their fury at one extended family who occupy a number of houses in Craeval Park. Six houses in the park were attacked and the families living in three of them were forced to flee the area, taking their furniture and other possessions.

"It’s gone mad here tonight. There’s a gang on the streets and families under threat are moving out. There’s a van they’re putting furniture and things into," said one terrified resident.

Another source said those who left their Moyross homes last night were linked to the main suspect in the Bennett murder.”
Via Examiner
The scenes of three of the fires have been sealed off for technical examination to be carried out today. Local radio reports the Creaval Park estate is now on lockdown to outsiders from the area saying only residents have full time access.

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