Garda appeal on Broadford arson attacks

TWO recent attacks on a house in west Kildare have led to calls by the Gardai for help from the public.

TWO recent attacks on a house in west Kildare have led to calls by the Gardai for help from the public.

On 8 February, a house in Broadford village, was set on fire and burnt out.

The occupants were not injured.

The same house had been the subject of an arson attempt on Friday, 3 February.

In addition to two attacks on the house within the space of five days, a device had been found at the house last October.

The house had been occupied by a couple up to the 8 February burning.

While Gardai believe there is a criminal gang element involved in the arson attacks, they said they occupants of the house itself, are not under any such suspicion.

The fire, which completed destroyed the house on 8 February, took place around 8 pm in the evening.

The 3 February fire was started with petrol and took place around 11.20 pm that evening.

The area has been technically examined and the exact cause of the fire is still being investigated.

Gardai in Leixlip said they are looking for any information from the public in relation to the fire.

The Gardai are particularly interested to hear from anyone who might have seen a small silver hatchback car in the area.

Garda Supt. Gerry Giblin said they would be glad to hear from anybody, in confidence, who would have any information. “We would appeal to the people of Broadford or anybody else with information to contact us,” he said. The number to contact is Leixlip Garda station (01-6667800).