18/07/2008

Men Charged In Connection With Waterford 'Feud'

Three men have appeared in court in connection with a family 'feud' in Waterford.

The men who have been named locally as Willie Burke, 22, of St Herblain Park, and John Burke, 27, Kilcohan park, appeared in connection with assault causing harm to Christopher Stokes, who is in a "critical but stable" condition in hospital.

Thomas Quilligan, 36, Carrickpherish, was charged with possession of ammunition.

It is thought that the charges relate to an ongoing feud between families from the travelling community in the city.

The three men were remanded in custody to appear again on Tuesday.

Up to thirty people were denied access to Catherine Street courthouse in Waterford while the men were being charged.

Eleven arrests have been made following the feud which erupted last Saturday and three of the men continue to be questioned at Waterford Garda Station.

Meanwhile, two arson attacks took place in the early hours of Thursday morning in Waterford city. No one was injured in the attack.

One incident occurred at a house in St Herblain at around 1am, but the house was vacant at the time. The second incident took place at Manor St John at around 3am. It is thought that the house may have been mistakenly targeted.

Gardaí say that the latest attacks bring the number to six, and they have have conducted extensive searches of waste ground, private houses and public areas in Waterford.

A number of items have been recovered including homemade incendiary devices, a sawn-off shotgun and five live rounds of ammunition.

(DS/JM)

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