Residents of the village of Turlough, Castlebar  are  said to be bewildered and concerned by separate weekend arson attacks in which two cars were destroyed.

According to today’s Connaught Telegraph, the vehicles targetted were a Mercedes Benz, (2017 reg) and a Volkswagen Passat (2008).

Both cars were parked outside their owners' homes, about 100 yards apart, when they were set alight around 5 a.m on Sunday morning last.

A unit of Mayo fire brigade assisted family members in tackling the flames at one of the locations.

Supt Joe McKenna, head of the Castlebar garda district, said there was no obvious motive for the attacks..

Calling for information, Supt McKenna outlined: “Turlough is a go-ahead community. A lot of good work is being carried out there. It is important that whoever is responsible is speedily apprehended.”

It is undersood the owner of the Mercedes was asleep when he heard “a loud bang”, looked out, and saw his car in flames.

Familly members used an extinguisher to try and douse the flames. There were fears initially the house might catch fire.

Turlough – adjacent to the National Museum of Country Life - is renowned as one of the fastest growing communities in Mayo with a hardworking development association working tirelessly to improve the local infrastructure.

Local historian and community activist Christy Lawless described the arson attacks to the paper  as 'sinister'.

He added: “It is very disturbing that there is an individual or individuals out there who would carry out acts of this sort”.

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