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December 15

On the 4th of October 2009, a Green Subaru Legacy, 98W1631 was stolen during the course of an aggravated burglary near Knockbridge, Ardee, Co. Louth. 

The injured party awoke hearing noise at the rear of the house and then the glass of the front door breaking.  A male entered the bedroom and threatened injured party with a hammer and requested keys of a BMW.

The Injured party was unable to locate the keys of the BMW, and gave him the keys of the Subaru instead. 

The Subaru was subsequently recovered in Northern Ireland. 


Gardaí at Ardee Investigating          Telephone  041 6853222

The Crowe family home in Phairc Mhuire Estate in Newbridge, Co. Kildare was the subject of an arson attack in the early hours of Sunday, the 4th October last.  Michael, Elizabeth and their son Tom were in the house when it was set ablaze just after 6am.  Elizabeth and Tom managed to escape through an upstairs front window but sadly Michael did not and lost his life. 

Gardaí in Newbridge suspect the fire was started deliberately and are appealing for information.

The family were also awoken at 2am that morning as a window at the front of the house was smashed by a brick.  Gardaí are also appealing for any witnesses to this incident to come forward as it may help their enquiries into the tragic death of 81 year old Michael Crowe.


Gardaí in Newbridge Investigating           Telephone - 045 431212

An investigation is under way in Cavan following the theft of two ATMs in Cootehill on the morning of 12th of December 2009.

The thieves drove a mechanical digger into the town on a low loader and used it to steal the cash machines from the Bank of Ireland and Ulster Bank at around 5am.

The digger and low-loader were then set on fire before the gang got away.

Gardaí at Bailieboro Investigating    Telephone 042 9694570

On December the 8th, 2006 a body was discovered by some hunters who were shooting in the woods by Lough Inagh, in Connemara.  It is estimated that the body had been in the woods since the summer of 2005 before its discovery.  Gardaí in Clifden with the help of the Galway West Coroner and Dundee University have released a composite picture of what the man would have looked like and are trying to identify who he is.

The man is aged between 44 and 66 years, he is 5foot 7.5 inches, of stocky build. He wore a “Bush Sports” yellow hooded jacket. Gardaí believe the man may have come from Germany.


Gardaí at Clifden Investigating   Telephone  091 22507

Statement from Garda Commissioner Fachtna Murphy.

Speaking following the death of Garda Gary McLoughlin this morning, the 14/12/09 Garda Commissioner Fachtna Murphy said:

"I am deeply saddened to hear of the death early this morning of a young colleague, Garda Gary Mc Loughlin."

Garda McLoughlin died from injuries he sustained while on duty in the service of the community following a road traffic collision in the early hours of Sunday, the 13th December 2009. 

At this time my thoughts and prayers - and those of the entire force are with the family, colleagues and friends of Garda McLoughlin.  I trust that the other people injured in the collision including Garda McLoughlin's colleague will make a full recovery.

This is the second tragedy to befall the Donegal Garda Division this year highlighting in stark terms the dangers Gardaí can face each day as they go about their work of policing and rendering assistance to the community."

The road traffic collision occurred at Lisfannon, Co. Donegal on the road from Letterkenny to Bridgend at approximately 1.30am on the 13/12/09

Gardaí wish to appeal for witnesses to this collision to contact Buncrana Garda Station on 074-9320540

Date Missing: 06/08/2009

Gender: Male

Height: 6'1" - 1.85cm

Build: Athletic build

Hair Colour: Sandy - receding.

Further Information: Date of birth - 12/7/83 - Steven was last seen at 6.00pm on Thursday 6/8/09 in Wicklow town. 

He was wearing black Manchester United tracksuit bottoms, dark grey tracksuit top, white or navy Nike t-shirt with a red line across the chest.  He was also wearing black and white Nike Air Max runners and a thick gold chain.


Anyone with information should contact Wicklow Garda Station in confidence on 0404-60140 or the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111

Gardaí in Mountjoy are investigating a theft that took place at an Esso Service station on the Finglas Road in Glasnevin at a quarter past twelve on Tuesday, the 3rd of November last.

A Cash in Transit van pulled into the service station just before 12:15.  The security officer was collecting money from the premises and as he attempted to get back in the van he was accosted by a masked raider. The raider took the cash box and ran to the Dublin Industrial Estate.  He got into a small white van, possibly a VW Caddy, which was driven by another person.  The van left in the direction of the Ballyboggin road. 

Gardaí at Mountjoy Investigating  Telephone 01 666 8600

In December Crime Call are doing a feature piece on young drivers – the dangers of speed. The feature is aimed at parents of young people and the focus is our collective responsibility to educate young people about responsible driving and the dangers of using inappropriate speed.

We interview Dr. Gerry Lane from the Emergency Department in Letterkenny Hospital. He tells us collisions are the leading cause of death of young men and women.

He outlines the main causes of collisions and tells us that most collisions are avoidable. He talks about the cost of those lives; the injuries and maiming that are a result of collisions and the impact on families and society. He also looks at the cost of collisions in terms of hospital beds and scarce resources.

We will interview a young adult survivor of a collision and find out how they and their family’s lives have been affected by the collision and the resulting physical and emotional injuries.

On November 17th 2009, we reported on Crime Call that there had been 206 fatalities on our roads in 2009 compared to 251 on the same date in 2008. We hope our December feature will prevent other families from enduring such a tragic loss.