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war of words Video shows traffic brought to a standstill as rivals trade insults in Longford

It is believed the tension is linked to a local dispute is believed to have flared up in recent months and has sparked a number of incidents.

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A video has emerged showing how traffic in a Midlands town was brought to a standstill as two rival groups traded insults in broad daylight.

The footage, involving several people, was captured outside a busy service station on Longford town's Dublin Road in recent days.

It shows a man appearing to lean out of his car to taunt another person seconds before a woman can be heard roaring at the top of her voice in full view of shocked onlookers.

Seconds later, two women and the male driver can be seen walking towards a silver Ford Focus car as it drives off in the direction of Longford town.

It is believed the tension is linked to a local dispute is believed to have flared up in recent months and has sparked a number of incidents.

Longford Fine Gael Senator Micheal Carrigy has said there is a need for the wider public to engage with gardaí and a recently introduced Local Community Safety Partnership which has been set up to tackle crime and local safety issues.

"I have seen statuses put on Facebook where statements of these families [saying they are] owning Longford have been made," said Senator Carrigy.

"The fact is they don't, Longford belongs to the people.

"We have a fantastic town and county and we will bring it back to what it was but in order to do that it requires everyone to get behind the Local Community Partnership and gardaí."

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