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Petrol bomb thrown at gardaí as they came to aid of firefighters

The gardaí had been called to help firefighters because of anti-social behaviour in a Ballina housing estate.

Image: Julien Behal/PA

GARDAÍ ARE INVESTIGATING an incident in Ballina, county Mayo, in which a petrol bomb was thrown at a patrol van occupied by community gardaí at the weekend.

The officers were called to assist Ballina fire brigade in the Greenhill’s estate on Halloween night due to anti-social behaviour. While they were present, a teen lit what is believed to have been a petrol bomb and threw it at the van but missed.

The 16-year-old boy was arrested and taken to Ballina garda station. He was later released without charge and investigations are ongoing.

Garda Superintendent Joe Doherty told the Connaught Telegraph it is lucky no one was injured.

“The incidents were very serious,” he said.

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