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June 19

The Gardaí at Ardee are investigating an aggravated burglary that occurred at a retired fisherman’s home in Ardee, Co Louth on Wednesday, the 14th March 2012 at approximately 9.40pm.


The retired fisherman had settled in for the night in front of the television, while having his dinner.  At approximately 9.40pm he thought he heard someone at the front door and went to open it.  Two raiders pushed the door open and shoved the man back knocking him to the floor.  The man tried to resist, but the raiders hit him about the head.  The raiders found a shotgun in the house and pointed it at the man demanding money.  They tried to handcuff his wrists but he struggled against them, and they gave up.  One of the raiders found the man’s wallet in his back pocked, there was a sizeable amount of money in it which they took.


Eventually the raiders ran out the front door when the man told them they had all his money. A neighbour heard the commotion and saw the raiders running down the alley way to the side of the house. 


Description of Raiders:


Raider 1: Five Foot Eight inches in height, medium build. Wearing a dark hoodie. Approximately 35 years old.

Raider 2: Five Foot Nine inches in height, with a stocky build, broad shoulders, navy blue hoodie with cream / white coloured strips on the back in a U shaped design. Approximately 35 years old.


Both raiders wore hoodies, with their hoods up, no masks. And they both wore gloves.


Appeal:

• Gardaí are appealing to anyone with any information that may assist with the identification of  the suspects

• The man’s wallet has not been recovered, it was a brown leather wallet over thirty years old.

• Any commercial institution and/or premises in the area that received large notes from a person in suspicious circumstances following the above incident.

• Did anyone observe a vehicle parked in the area at the back of Church View or the graveyard in Dromiskin?

• Did anyone at Clogherhead Harbour area observe anyone acting suspiciously on the morning of the 14th of March.

• Did anyone in Dromiskin Church View area observe anyone acting suspiciously on the evening of the 14th of March.

• The raiders stole the man’s shotgun, an over and under Larranaga shot gun.


Gardaí at Ardee Garda Station are investigating                 Telephone 041 6853225

The Gardaí at Williamstown are investigating an Aggravated Burglary that occurred on Thursday the 7th June 2012 when two elderly brothers, both in their eighties were attacked in their home in Ballyroe, Williamstown, Co Galway.


Shortly after 11pm, one of the brothers was in the kitchen making a cup of tea, while the other brother was asleep in bed.  Two masked and armed men forced their way into the kitchen via the back door. They were armed with a firearm. They pushed the elderly man onto the ground and threatened him. They then placed him on a chair and bound him to it. At this stage one of the raiders went to a bedroom where the other brother was asleep and dragged him from his bed and threatened him. The raiders demanded money and assaulted the two brothers.


This horrific ordeal lasted almost three hours. The raiders escaped with a small amount of money but left the brothers extremely distressed following this serious crime.


Description of Raiders:


Raider 1:  Five foot five inches in height of medium build, wearing a balaclava or a dark woolly hat pulled over his face with eye and mouth holes cut out, dark clothes and runners.

Raider 2: Medium build, taller than the first raider wearing a balaclava or a dark woolly hat pulled over his face with eye and mouth holes cut out with dark clothes and runners.


Appeal:


• Did you see anything suspicious in the immediate vicinity of Ballyroe on the night of Thursday the 7th of June into the early hours of Friday the 8th of June. ( There was very heavy rainfall on the Thursday night)

• Did you see any vehicles in the area on the day of this incident or the days preceding this incident?


Gardaí at Tuam Garda Station are investigating                          telephone 093 70840

The Gardaí at Bailieboro Garda Station are investigating an armed robbery at a bank in Kingscourt, Co. Cavan.


On Friday the 11th of May 2012 just before 5pm, two masked and armed men ran from a white Citroen Berlingo van and forced the front door of the bank. Both raiders were armed with handguns. They threatened the staff and demanded money. They filled a bag with money and fled. The raiders set the Berlingo van on fire as they were fleeing the scene. They made their getaway in a Blue BMW 330D bearing false registration plates. They turned from Main Street on to Rocks road and transferred into another vehicle, a black BMW M5 on Dun a Ri Lane. The raiders set the 330D BMW alight in the middle of the road.


The raiders caused extensive damage as the fire from the Berlingo van spread to a number of other vehicles parked on the main street causing extensive damage and chaos on the street.


Appeal:


• The Thursday night before this raid at around midnight, the raiders parked the blue BMW 330D in front of the bank for the night. Gardaí are appealing to anyone who was in the Kingscourt area at this time to come forward. This car was stolen during an aggravated burglary in Belfast in February 2012. The correct registration of this vehicle is ONZ4837.

• The Citroen Berlingo van was sold for scrap metal during October/November 2011. Gardaí are appealing to anyone who may have seen this vehicle between these dates.

• A raider arrived at the scene in Kingscourt on a Black/Grey Suzuki motorbike. The raider appeared to have difficulty controlling the bike and left it at the scene. Gardaí are appealing for information on the movements of this vehicle in the days and weeks prior to this incident.

• Several vehicles were involved in this raid, most vehicles were bearing false registration plates. Gardaí would like to speak to anyone who was asked to make these false plates or may have information on the movements of these vehicles.

• There was at least six raiders involved in this armed robbery all of whom had total disregard for the safety of the community. Gardaí are appealing for anyone with information about this incident to come forward.


Gardaí at Bailieboro Garda Station are investigating                       Telephone 042 9694570

Metal Theft

Metal Theft continues to be a dangerous and growing Crime in Ireland, which strikes at the very heart of the Community. Metal Theft can impact on Farmers, Commuters, Schools, Irish Businesses and key utility companies such as ESB, Eircom and Irish Rail.


In some regions it is reported to have reached alarming proportions. When the price of scrap metal rises, so too does the theft of scrap metal.


It is believed that this increase in the price of metal is a direct result of the rapid industrial development in countries like India and China. The metals most commonly stolen are copper, aluminium, brass and bronze and with the approximate market value of one tonne of aluminium estimated at €1,750 it can be a very lucrative business. Metal thieves target our manholes, churches, public buildings, telecommunication cables, homes and electricity substations. These thefts are putting communities in danger. There were 2,650 reported incidents in 2011.


Inspector Niall Featherstone and Mr Harold Kingston, Irish Farmers Association were in studio to offer advice to the public.

Metal Theft

Detective Sergeant Matt Sheridan was in studio to discuss a recent internet holiday scam.  The fraud involves a fraudster using an internet site to run an advertisement for a holiday villa for rent in Lanzarotti.  The ad features photographs of a genuine villa.

The fraudster will look for a €700 deposit to be paid into an Irish bank account.  Unfortunately when the renter arrives at their destination they discover that the property does not exist.

Detective Sergeant Sheridan offered advice to members of the public booking their holiday on the internet and will highlight some helpful tips to ensure to booking is secure.

Gerry Daly

Gardaí at Bailieboro are re- appealing for information for the whereabouts of Gerard Daly, D.O.B. 07/11/1968.


Gerard is missing from his home at Cornaveagh, Bailieboro, Co. Cavan, since Sunday the 26th June 2011. He is formerly from Knockmore Grove in Tallaght and moved to the Bailieboro area in recent years.


Gerard’s partner and her children were staying with him the weekend of his disappearance. She left at 6pm on Sunday the 26th of June 2011 and returned to her own home. On Monday the 27th of June Gerard’s partner attempted to contact him by phone. She then contacted a friend who called to Gerard’s home and discovered the house vacant with no sign of Gerard.


Gerard’s partner was the last person to see him on Sunday evening, his routine would have included tending to his dogs which he kept at the house, one of the dogs was running loose and they had not been fed. The iron gates leading to the house were left open and the keys to the house were gone. Gerard’s wallet was still in his house and he did not collect his social welfare payment the following Tuesday the 28th.


Gerard’s sister Belinda has appealed for information, together with Superintendent Gerard O’Brien who is leading the investigation.


Garda at Bailieboro Garda Station are investigating           Telephone 042 9694570

Metal Theft

On Friday, the 2nd February 2007 a fatal road traffic collision occurred on the Main Street in Arklow, Co. Wicklow.


The victim was a pedestrian who was struck and fatally injured by a Honda Civic car at high speed. The pedestrian was twenty one year old Daniel Mc Donald from Arklow and the driver of the Honda Civic was twenty year old Anthony O Reilly from Ballyfermot, Dublin 10.


Local Gardaí from Arklow Garda Station requested the assistance of the Forensic Collision Investigation Unit based at the Regional Traffic Division in Dublin Castle. An extensive and comprehensive examination of the scene was carried out and it was clear to the investigation team that this was not a typical road traffic collision. During the course of the investigation it was established that an altercation occurred earlier in the night at a local niteclub between the deceased and the driver of the Honda Civic. This altercation continued on the main street, where Anthony O’Reilly got into his car and drove it at Daniel McDonald. Anthony O’Reilly was later convicted of the murder of Daniel and is currently serving a life sentence.


This feature demonstrates the skilful work of the Forensic Collision Investigation Unit and Sergeant Liam Geraghty was in studio to discuss this solved case and highlight bad driving practices by motorists including speeding and driving while fatigued.

Bobby Ryan

Garda Keith White was in studio to re-appeal for information on the disappearance of Bobby Ryan who was reported missing on Friday, the 3rd June 2011.


On Thursday, the 2nd June 2011 he left his home in Boherlahan near Cashel and travelled to Fawnagowan, Bansha Road, Tipperary to stay with his girlfriend.  At approximately 6.30am on Friday morning Bobby left Fawnagowan to return home to Boherlahan to get ready for work at Killough Quarry near Thurles, Co. Tipperary.  He failed to turn up for work and colleagues contacted his son and daughter.  His son noticed his work clothes and boots were still at home.


At 2.30pm Bobby’s silver coloured Citroen van was discovered parked at a car park at Kilshane Woods, Bansha, Tipperary, which is an amenity area for walkers using the local woodlands. A man matching his description was seen walking along a country road at Cordangan, Tipperary Town at approximately 8.50am on Friday 3rd June, the morning he went missing.


Bobby Ryan is 52 years of age. He is described as 14 stone, 5ft 2", bald with hazel eyes. When last seen he was wearing a navy polo t-shirt, navy tracksuit bottoms, navy jumper and white runners. He was well known in the area, he drove a truck for a local quarry and worked as a DJ in the area, known as Mr Moonlight