Car burnt out in Cork: 'Parents should know where their kids are'

Car burnt out in Cork: 'Parents should know where their kids are'
The car that was found burnt out on Farranferris Avenue.

Last night at around midnight, a car was driven dangerously around the Farranree area of Cork.

According to local residents, after about twenty minutes, the car was abandoned and was set on fire.

The car was driven up and down Popham's Road in a "reckless manner", with the breaks squealing. Three young men were in the vehicle.

Residents say that after a while of the car going up and down the hill, the occupants of the vehicle began shouting very loudly and repeatedly blowing the horn.

The car then turned right onto the junction between Farranferris Avenue and Seminary Walk, and the car was burnt out. Residents also said they heard loud banging noises.

The car that was found burnt out on Farranferris Avenue.
The car that was found burnt out on Farranferris Avenue.

The occupants of the vehicle left the scene after the car went on fire.

It appears rubbish was dumped on the bonnet of the car before the car went up in flames. 

The fire brigade was called and they arrived within minutes, and they put out the fire. The Gardaí then arrived.

One resident who saw one of the occupants of the car said he looked "like a teenager, not more than 16".

Cllr Kenneth Collins, who lives on Farranferris Avenue and saw the incident occur, said there was three young men in the vehicle. "They were under the age of 18... they were intoxicated... they set fire to the car and ran away."

"I put in the call to the Gardaí. I saw the gas tank explode while the fire brigade were there. The [fire fighters] didn't flinch."

"This is the first time something like this has happened in a long time. It was here before, but then it quietened down. This is a lovely area to live, a quiet area usually." 

"I am calling on parents to ask their children where they are going and what they are doing."  

The Sinn Féin councillor added that incidents like these were taking up Garda and fire brigade resources.

Brendan English of the Garda Press Office said that a vehicle was found on fire in the Farranferris Avenue area at approximately 12:25am. "Investigations are ongoing and if anyone has any information, or saw anything suspicious, please contact the Gardaí."

Cork City Fire Brigade putting out the car on fire in Farranree. Photo: Cork City Fire Brigade.
Cork City Fire Brigade putting out the car on fire in Farranree. Photo: Cork City Fire Brigade.

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