Family
forced to flee home

A Littleton family were forced to flee their home in panic on Halloween night, after being attacked by a violent gang throwing stones.

A Littleton family were forced to flee their home in panic on Halloween night, after being attacked by a violent gang throwing stones.

The family were enjoying Halloween night at home when the gang set fire to trees outside their house in Derrynaflan estate in Littleton.

The gang threw a stone onto the family’s car parked outside, smashing the backwindow of the car.

The family were forced to seek refuge that night, but are believed to have since returned. Gardaí from Thurles Garda Station and a Fire Brigade were called to the house at around 9pm.

Gardaí are appealing to members of the public to come forward with any information. No arrests have been made so far.

A Garda spokesman said: “You would hope that people would have respect for other peoples’ property. There have been plenty of incidents out there over the years. Our investigation is ongoing.”

A local eyewitness told the Tipperary Star that there were “four or five” people in the house at the time. Some other residents have chosen to leave the area due to intimidation and violence.

The gang of nine or ten young adults poured a “gallon of petrol” on to the hedge beside the house, endangering the lives of those inside. “It’s going on the whole time,” said the eyewitness.

A spokesman for the Fire Service said they had a “very busy” Halloween night.

Fire crews attended the scene of a fire at a pile of construction rubble in Derrynaflan later that night, and a bonfire in Littleton the same evening.

A wheelie bin was set on fire in Stradavoher, Thurles. Fire crews attended another wheelie bin fire in Clongour, and a bonfire in Oakfield Drive, in Thurles.

Readers can call Thurles Garda Station (0504 25100) with any information about these incidents.