Armed gardaí are patrolling the streets of Drogheda tonight following an escalation of a gang feud in the town.

There was three separate petrol bomb attacks in Co Louth overnight, which gardaí believe are connected to the ongoing criminal feud.

In the first incident, the front window and living room of a house in St Laurence's Park were damaged when a petrol bomb was thrown at the house at around 12.15am.

A suspect device was also thrown through the window of a house at Scarlet Crescent in Drogheda shortly after 1am.

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The third incident occurred at 4am at a house at Loughboy in Mell.

Extensive damage was caused to the property and a car, as well as damage to an adjoining property.

There were no injuries in any of the attacks, which came 24 hours after two separate petrol bomb attacks at Ashleigh Heights and Springfield Court in the town.

No one was injured in either incident. 

On Thursday, a man was shot a number of times in an attack at Hardman's Gardens, which is also being linked to the feud.

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