Hammer chase into private home: Cork couple left traumatised 

Hammer chase into private home: Cork couple left traumatised 

A COUPLE in Crosshaven were left traumatised, angry, and upset after five males burst into their home, pursued by another male wielding a hammer.

A COUPLE in Crosshaven were left traumatised, angry, and upset after five males burst into their home, pursued by another male wielding a hammer.

Bee Fitzgerald and her husband Mike were at home on Tuesday evening when the youths entered their home, saying they were being followed by another group.

Three other males arrived at the door and one of them, armed with a hammer, entered the property.

“He was very aggressive and he was yelling ‘I will get ye’ or something like that,” Ms Fitzgerald told The Echo.

Ms Fitzgerald said her husband, who was in the other room, called the gardaí before coming in and getting the aggressive man with the hammer to leave.

Mrs Fitzgerald said gardaí were on the scene promptly and spoke to the five teenagers who were in her home. As this was unfolding, a group of around 30 teenagers gathered at the entrance to the Fitzgerald property and gardaí had to call for back up to disperse the crowd.

Mrs Fitzgerald, who has been living in the area for the past 30 years, said she was left angry and upset by the incident.

“Nothing like this has ever happened before in the area, we are very very scared and extremely angry that our home was broken into, they just came in uninvited,” she said.

Mrs Fitzgerald said she and her husband are now taking additional steps to secure their property in a more rigorous manner.

Speaking about the incident, local councillor Audrey Buckley described it as a ‘disgrace’.

“Something serious could have happened there, it is terrifying,” she said.

Mrs Buckley is working with councillor Seamus McGrath to introduce by-laws that would allow gardaí issue fines for underage drinking, littering and other offences in the area.

“At the moment there is no accountability,” she said. “The kids get moved on by gardaí but they don’t take it seriously.”

The local councillor added 90% of the young people who visit the local beaches in Crosshaven are very well behaved, it was a minority causing problems.

A spokesperson for the gardaí confirmed the force is “investigating an incident involving a number of youths that happened in Crosshaven, Cork, on Tuesday”.

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