The Gardaí at Carlow Garda Station are investigating an aggravated burglary that occurred at Ballypierce, Bunclody, Co. Wexford on Wednesday 14th October 2015.
The owners of the house were away and on the morning of Wednesday 14th October their son in law called to the house on his way to work to check on it. He arrived at the house in Ballypierce shortly after 8am and drove into the driveway. He walked towards the gate to take in the bins and met a neighbour and they spoke for a number of minutes. He then made his way to the side of the house and entered the kitchen through the back door and immediately noticed the kitchen had been ransacked. Suddenly a man appeared in the kitchen and began to attack the injured party. The man attempted to defend himself but the raider then grabbed a knife and attempted to stab him a number of times. The knife broke as the raider attempted to stab the injured party in the leg when it struck the injured party’s mobile phone that was in his pocket. A second raider appeared during this attack and poured petrol over the injured party and threatened to harm him. The two raiders then ran from the house setting fire to the man’s car before they left.
The injured party managed to get the fire under control before contacting the Gardaí.
Two EVOFITS of the suspects were completed. One of the raiders had a distinctive tribal tattoo on the left side of his neck, the second raider wore a gold hooped earring in his right ear.
• Gardaí are appealing to anyone with information in relation to this Aggravated Burglary to come forward.
• Access to the house was gained via a small kitchen window sometime prior to the arrival of the injured party and Gardaí are appealing to anyone in the area between 7am and 9am to come forward.
• Gardaí are appealing to anyone who may have seen a gold coloured Toyota Avensis and a White Transit van in the area on the morning of the aggravated burglary to come forward.
• Gardaí are appealing to anyone who may be in a position to identify the raiders from the EVOFITS provided.
Carlow Garda Station investigating Telephone 059 9136620
Sergeant Jim Molloy also appealed for information in relation to missing person Patrick Heeran. Patrick is 48 years old and has not been seen since he left Mohill, Co Leitrim on the 3rd October 2011 at 4.20pm.
Patrick is described as being 5’9" in height and of stocky build with fair hair. When last seen he was wearing brown shoes, blue jeans and a brown jacket.
His family and friends have not had any contact with him since and they describe this behaviour to be extremely out of character for him.
The Gardaí at Carrick-on-Shannon have serious concerns for the well being and safety of Patrick and are asking for the public’s assistance in locating him.
In particular they would like to speak friends or acquaintances of Patrick who may have any information that may help progress this case.
Carrick On Shannon Garda Station investigating Telephone 071 9650510
Gardaí at Laytown Garda Station are appealing for information in relation to the disappearance of William Maughan and Anastasija Varslavene who are missing since Tuesday the 14th April 2015.William and Anastasija had been together since late last year and lived in a caravan in Gormanston, Co. Meath. William had decided to return to his family home in Tallaght with Anastasija. His Mother and Father, Helen & Joe, were making arrangements for their return and were excited about their move. William had sold his caravan on Monday the 13th April and it was collected the following day.
On Tuesday morning William went to Balbriggan followed shortly afterwards by Anastasija. They ran some errands and made contact with William’s mother Helen to arrange for her to travel from Tallaght to Gormanston to collect them and their belongings.
William spoke to his mother at about 2.30pm and asked her to make her way out to Gormanston to collect them. William and Anastasija got a taxi together from Balbriggan to Gormanston just shortly after 2.30pm. Helen arrived in Gormanston just before 3pm but could not locate William. She drove to Stamullen to look for him but didn’t find him. She returned to Gormanston and called his mobile phone but it went straight to message minder. William and Anastasija never showed up and Helen became extremely worried. They were reported missing that evening. Extensive searches and enquires were carried out and a thorough investigation commenced, including enquiries with all Airports, Ferry Ports & Interpol. Both families and the Gardaí are extremely concerned for William & Anastasija’s safety and well being.
• Gardaí are appealing to anyone with information in relation to the disappearance of William and Anastasija to come forward.
• Gardaí are appealing to anyone who was in the Gormanston area in the afternoon of Tuesday the 14th April 2015 to come forward.
Laytown Garda Station Telephone 0419827074
Sergeant Jim Molloy was in studio to announce the launch of National Missing Persons Day by The Minister for Justice and Equality, Frances Fitzgerald T.D. which will take place on Wednesday 2nd December, 2015 at Farmleigh House, Dublin.
Speaking on the day will be the Minster, the Garda Commissioner, as well as representatives of families of those who have gone missing.
The Day presents an opportunity to commemorate those who have gone missing and acknowledge the difficulties experienced by their families and friends. On average 8,000 missing persons reports are made to An Garda Síochána each year and for each of those individuals there is a network of family and friends who are forever impacted by those days, weeks, months or years. The Day will also allow for recognition of the progress which has been made in missing persons’ investigations over the course of the year.
It is important to recognise the invaluable contribution and commitment of An Garda Síochána, the state agencies and voluntary groups working diligently in our communities to highlight the issues and impacts surrounding people who go missing.
The Gardaí at Naas Garda Station are investigating the murder of 47 year old Dessie Fox, who was shot dead at Healy’s Bridge, Prosperous, Co Kildare on Sunday 30th September 1990. Mr Fox from Dungannon, Co Tyrone, worked as a Course bookmaker. On the morning of 30th September at 11.15am he left his home in Dungannon. His intention was to attend a race meeting at the Curragh in Co Kildare. He drove a white 250D Mercedes, Registration number MJI 7055.
• Bush Road to Armagh city via Moy
• Carrickmacross via Keady and Castleblaney.
• Navan via Ardee, Slane
• Scene via Dunsany, Kilcock and Prosperous.
At approximately 1.20pm Dessie Fox was seen coming out of Connolly’s Newsagents shop in Prosperous Village. He had a newspaper under his arm. He then got into his car which was facing toward Dagwelds. As Dessie Fox approached Healy’s Bridge a red car was seen travelling behind.
Investigators believe that this car was a red Carina bearing registration number 90G2506. The occupants of the Carina opened fire on Mr Fox’s car causing damage near to the right rear indicator and the front left tyre, which was deflated. Two bookmakers bags located in the boot of the car were also damaged. Examination located a number of shotgun pellets.
Investigators believe that there were only two raiders in the Carina; one of them wore a puma cap which he discarded near to the scene.
Mr Fox attempted to reverse away, however his car ran off the road and was forced to stop. The raiders then caught up and as they approached fired one shot from a handgun through the open passenger door. The bullet entered the deceased’s left leg, passing through his right leg and lodging in the door. This injury proved fatal and Mr Fox died at the scene.
The raiders then stole a black leather briefcase containing cash, canvas money bag, billheads with name, Motorola cellular portable car phone and car keys. (Canvas bag and phone were later recovered).
Vehicles of interest:
• Red Carina car bearing number plates 90G2506.
• This car’s correct number is 89D25125. It was stolen from Ashfield Avenue, Ranelagh village between 2.15 and 4pm on 26th September 1990.
• Vehicle located at 12 noon on Monday 1/10/1990 in a field at Powerstown, Blanchardstown.
• Grey Mitsubishi Gallant 87 or 88 Registration with either 11 or 14, seen travelling in convoy with Red Carina at O Grady’s Filling station, Palmerstown
• Front passenger of carina seen climbing into rear seat of Gallant, wearing Puma cap
Naas Garda Station investigating Telephone 045 884300
This month’s crime prevention segment included a filmed piece advising the public of An Garda Síochána’s National Anti-Crime Strategy ‘Operation Thor’. As part of Operation Thor, An Garda Síochána and The Irish Farmers Association (I.F.A) have launched ‘Theft Stop’ a Rural Crime Prevention Initiative, focusing on the identification of farm machinery. ‘Theft Stop’ is a joint crime prevention initiative between An Garda Síochána and the Irish Farmers Association who both recognise the need to help farmers prevent theft of their farm equipment.
Inspector Niall Featherstone, Garda National Crime Prevention Unit and Mr Colin Connolly of the (I .F.A) were in studio to explain to the public the aims of ‘theft stop’ and how they can join the initiative.
Crime prevention advice is available here
This month’s traffic segment included a filmed piece highlighting a fatal road traffic collision involving drink driving. The collision occurred at Caherultan, Castlemartyr, Co. Cork on the 26th October 2009. Two young couples were travelling to Cork Airport for an early flight for a holiday away to Amsterdam. One of the couples, Lee Salkeld and Kate Flynn were celebrating the birth of their baby daughter and the other couple, Brendan Donnelly and Laura Connelly were celebrating buying their first house together. As they travelled along the N25 near Castlemartyr, a car travelling in the opposite direction crossed lanes and collided with their car. Lee Salkeld and Brendan Donnelly were killed instantly and pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the oncoming car was convicted of dangerous driving causing the death of the two young men. Brendan’s mother Christina Donnelly and Kate Flynn appeal to members of the public to never drink and drive.
Garda Derek Cloughley was in studio advising people not to drink and drive.