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Thursday July 03 2008
GROUPS of Irish Travellers have caused havoc in Finland after embarking on a crime spree that included the massacre of €2,000 worth of birds.
Camping sites all across the Nordic country have been put on red alert not to accept the groups after a recent spate of disturbances.
Included in the growing list of activities for which the Irish people are being blamed is the killing of ducks and rabbits, as well as drink driving, shopliftings and a traffic accident.
A group of around 30 people have also been evicted from one campsite near Helsinki after pouring 10 litres of diesel onto the ground.
The Travellers are said to have "pretty fancy cars and vans" but when questioned by police about their animal killing spree, two young boys told officers they were hungry.
According to Finish police, the boys shot several animals at a duck park in Tampere on Sunday using their uncle's airgun.
Ari Luoto, who is heading up the investigation, explained that the boys had been living with their parents on a camping site and that an excuse of getting food "isn't convincing".
He said it was unlikely that the family didn't have any money since they were driving very expensive vehicles and caravans. "If you draw a conclusion from that you could doubt that they are penniless," he said.
One member of the group told Finland's main newspaper: "The Irish are going to leave the country now."
Allowing himself to be identified only as Martin, he added: "We haven't confronted this kind of racism anywhere else."
Martin's group were evicted from their campsite in Porvoo after diesel was found scattered across the site. The owners of the site explained: "When we asked who did the pouring, they just said that no one had done anything."
Another Irish group believed to be involved in the slaughter of birds were evicted from a camping site in Tampere on Tuesday.
Finnish media outlets have been carrying extensive coverage of the Irish antics since Monday. Aamulehti reports: "The situation has come to the point that Lomalliitto (a campsite company), which has several camping sites around Finland has denied access to all its sites."