Brazen theft in Boyle during emergency ESB work

Up to €1,500’s worth of items were from stolen diggers in Boyle as emergency repair work was carried out.

Early on Thursday morning, damage was caused to the powerline between Carrick-on-Shannon and Boyle after a lightning strike.

Carr Plant Hire staff were working for the ESB on fixing the faults and parked their vehicles overnight on Friday at Grallaghbeg, Boyle.

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But at about 2am on Saturday, batteries were stolen from both of their diggers, along with a specialised ladder, while a fire extinguisher was set off.

Arigna man Jim Gaffney, who was carrying out the work, is angry with the thieves.