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Boats damaged at Moorehall

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Boats vandalised at Moorehall


Michael Commins

MOOREHALL, the peaceful enclave on the shores of Lough Carra, has become the focus of unwanted attention in recent weeks. A number of small boats moored at the local berthing area have been tampered with, damaged and have had material taken from them.
For years people have enjoyed the peace and tranquility of this region. Boats were left berthed there for weeks on end. Damage or interference with these craft was unheard of amid this most serene and natural environment.
“We have had an association with Lough Carra going back over many years and always look forward to our days out on the lake,” said a boat owner who contacted The Mayo News at the weekend. “It was like one big family, every watched out for each other. This wave of crime has shocked us all and the local people of the area are deeply saddened by it too.
“A number of boats have been vandalised and one was found around two miles from where it was originally berthed. Items of clothing associated with being out on the lake have also been stolen while some of the crafts have been damaged and broken into to as well.
“There is major concern among owners that some of the damage caused could present risk related problems when they go out on the lake. It is a very worrying time for all of us. It is hoped to get some CCTV cameras in operation in the main area affected by this vandalism. We also understand the gardai are following a line of enquiry.” Any information can be relayed to the gardai in Castlebar on 0949038200.