Gardaí at Longford Garda Station are investigating an Aggravated Burglary that occurred at an apartment complex on Market Square, Longford in the early hours of Monday 31st October 2016.
A mother and her four year old son were at home in their apartment in Market Square, they were both asleep in bed by 10.30pm that evening. At approximately 3am the woman woke up after hearing a loud bang. Two men broke into the apartment through the locked front door, they spoke to each other in Russian. They were joined by a third man who was Irish. The woman was confronted by the men who demanded money. They tied her up with cable ties and assaulted her during the incident.
The men stole a quantity of cash, a purse containing bank cards, a laptop & mobile phones. The duration of the incident took between two and three hours, the woman later attended a local doctor with her injuries.
Description of Men
• 1: Possibly eastern European speaking English and Russian, around six foot tall, normal build, short blond hair, blue/grey eyes and a circular tattoo on his upper left arm wearing a dirty white dust mask over his face.
• 2: Possibly eastern European speaking English and Russian, slightly shorter than the first man but heavier, short thick dark hair and wearing dark clothes.
• 3: The third man was possibly Irish in his late teens or early twenties. He was wearing a blue jacket with black stripes along the sleeves. His hood was up with strings tightened around his face.
• Gardaí are appealing for anyone with information in relation to the three men involved in this incident to come forward.
• This incident occurred in the early hours of the Bank Holiday Monday of the Halloween Bank Holiday weekend. Gardaí are appealing to any person who may have been in Longford town area between 1am and 6am on the 31 October to contact Gardaí.
• The items that were taken during this incident have not been recovered – Gardaí are appealing to anybody who may have come across laptops, mobile phones, a rectangular orange wallet with a gold clip and chain or identification, pps cards. If anybody found these items to hand into their local Garda Station.
• Gardaí are appealing to any person who has information on this crime no matter how insignificant to please contact Longford Garda station, any Garda Station, or to Contact Crime Stoppers.
Longford Garda Station on 043 33500570
On this month’s Crime Prevention Segment, Sergeant Kelvin Courtney was in studio to discuss the circulation of new €50 banknote that will start circulating across the euro area on 4th April 2017. The €50 banknote is the most widely used of all euro banknote denominations, it accounts for 8 billion or about 45% of all euro banknotes currently in circulation. The first series of euro banknotes started circulating in 2002, in the intervening years printing and imaging technology has progressed significantly.
To maintain trust in the notes and stay ahead of counterfeiters the notes are being upgraded to make them even more secure. The Euro system is gradually releasing a second series of banknotes called the ‘Europa Series’ which include enhanced security features. Each denomination of the ‘Europa Series’ is instantly recognisable as they have stronger colours and more striking images than the first series, like the new €5, €10 and €20 banknotes the upcoming €50 banknote include a portrait of Europa.
Sergeant Courtney had a sample of the new €50 in studio to highlight these new security features.
The Gardaí at Store Street Garda Station wish to advice the public on the upcoming festivities occurring over the Easter Weekend with specific reference to Easter Monday on 17th April. Chief Superintendent Pat Leahy was in studio to advise the public on a number of issues.
Easter Monday Event is expected to attract 330,000 people into Dublin City Centre, there are four outdoor locations in Dublin and multiple indoor events such as Music, Theatre and Dance workshops as well as Food, Film & Poetry Exhibitions. There are four zones, zone 1 is at Smithfield, zone 2 is at Dublin Castle, zone 3 is at St. Stephen’s Green and zone 4 is at Custom House.
There will be localised road closures to facilitate the festivities starting from 6am through to 7pm on Easter Monday. Gardaí wish to advise the public to use public transport and plan your route, there is no alcohol consumption on public streets, these are family friendly events and to follow directions of stewards and Gardaí.
The Gardaí at Naas Garda Station are investigating a robbery that occurred on Wednesday 8th March 2017 in Allenwood.
Two men entered a shop in Allenwood armed with slash hooks, one of the men threatened the shop assistant and demanded they opened the till. They emptied the contents of the till into a plastic bag. Both males left the shop on foot.
Naas Garda Station on 045 884 300
Gardaí at Castledermot Garda Station are investigating an incident of an alleged sexual assault that occurred on Thursday 30th June 2016.
A woman was out walking in Castledermot when she was approached by a man driving a car, a white/silver boy racer type car. The man grabbed the woman and assaulted her. The incident occurred on a relatively quiet stretch of road, on a back road between Castledermot and Baltinglass. Although a minor road it would be used regularly. It occurred on a bright, summers evening at 8:30pm.
He is described at late twenties, tanned skin, muscular build, about five foot nine inches in height with reddish/brown hair with a possible English accent.
Castledermot Garda Station on 059 9144 112
The Gardaí at Kilkenny Garda Station are re-appealing for information in relation to the disappearance of thirty one year old Dean Roche who is missing since Sunday 22nd March 2015.
Dean, from Hebron Park, Kilkenny lived here with his mother. On that Sunday morning, he left the house and told his mother he was going to be buying a car and would see her later. Dean travelled to the Ballyfoyle area of Kilkenny by a taxi where he purchased a car at approximately 7pm. This vehicle was found crashed short distance away. Witnesses in Newpark, Ballyfoyle area describe seeing Dean at 9pm that evening. That is the last confirmed sighting of Dean. Dean spoke to a number of locals after the crash and his last known sighting was at approximately 9.15pm when he left through the side of a house which led into a nearby field. This is a rural part of County Kilkenny and Gardaí have searched a vast amount of the Ballyfoyle area with assistance from the Army and Regional support Units.
A number of searches have been carried out with the assistance of the Garda Search Unit, Garda Dog Unit, Garda Water Unit and the Army. A red Manchester United woollen hat, believed to be Dean’s was found during the searches.
Dean is described as being five foot eight inches in height, of slight build with green eyes and short brown hair. He was wearing a black zip up tracksuit top and bottoms with white runners. Gardaí are appealing to Farmers in the Ballyfoyle area to check their farm houses and lands to assist in the search for Dean.
Kilkenny Garda Station on 056 7775000
The Gardaí at Ronanstown Garda Station are re-appealing for information in relation to missing person Esra Uyrun (DOB) (01/03/1973) who has been missing from her home at Collinstown Grove, Clondalkin since the 23rd February 2011 at approximately 7.15am.
Esra left her home in a silver Renault Twingo registration number 08D23067. This vehicle was located in a car park at the bottom of Bray Head. When last seen she was wearing black leggings, a dark top and white Nike trainers. Esra was married and had a two year old son.
CCTV captured the Renault Twingo turning right from Convent Avenue onto Strand Road in Bray at approximately 8.40am on the 23rd February 2011. A Skoda car had to swerve to avoid a collision. The Renault then moved into the left hand side of the road and pulled in to allow the Skoda to overtake it. They both continued down Strand Road in the direction of Bray Head. Later that morning the silver Renault Twingo car is captured on the CCTV camera parked at the car park at the bottom of Bray Head. There has been no activity on her bank accounts or her Facebook page since the 23rd February 2011.
Esra’s sister Berna travelled to Ireland from the UK to make an appeal on Crimecall for information in relation to her disappearance.
Ronanstown Garda Station on 01 6667700
The Gardaí at Drogheda Garda Station are investigating the double murder of Thomas “Ta” Power and John O’Reilly that occurred on Tuesday 20th January 1987 at the Rosnaree Hotel, Dublin Road, Drogheda, Co. Louth.
Thomas, John and two other men arrived at the Rosnaree Hotel at approximately 4.30pm. They were travelling a maroon coloured Ford Capri saloon car. They entered the bar area of the hotel and ordered sandwiches and bottles of orange.
At approximately 5.15pm three men drove into the car park of the hotel in brown Toyota Cressida, registration number 273CZD. Two of the men entered the hotel, one of the men looked into the dining room but it was closed. The two men approached the bar, they pulled nylon stockings over their faces and entered the bar. Once inside they produced firearms and began firing in the direction of Thomas and the three men. A number of shots were fired. The four men attempted to escape. The two gunmen fled from the hotel to the awaiting Toyota.
John O’Reilly was pronounced dead, Thomas was taken to hospital and was pronounced dead a short time later. The other two men were seriously injured.
Thomas’s sisters make an emotional appeal for information in relation to the murder of their brother.
• One of the gunmen was described as late thirties in age with black hair and a strong black beard with a thin face. He wore a green knee length mackintosh coat with a felt type hat. The second gunman is described as late thirties, clean shaven and taller than the first man, he wore a long coat and a hat.
• The Toyota Cressida was recovered burnt out at a wooded area in Summerhil, Co. Meath the following evening at 9.30pm, a distance of thirty one miles away.
• Gardaí are hoping, that with the passage of time, a change in personal circumstances, someone may now be in a position to come forward.
Contact Superintendent Andrew Watters, Drogheda Garda Station on 041 9874200
The Gardaí at Dundalk Garda Station launched a murder investigation following the death of eighteen year old Niall Dorr who was assaulted on Wednesday 13th October 2010.
At approximately 9.05pm Niall Dorr encountered a group of five men on Castle Road, Dundalk, Co. Louth. He was seriously assaulted by one of the men. A passing motorist who witnessed the incident flagged down a patrol car in the area and informed them of the incident he had witnessed. The Gardai arrived at the scene and discovered Niall Dorr lying on the ground with injuries to his head and body. He was taken by ambulance to Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda were his condition deteriorated and he was pronounced dead in the afternoon of the 14th of October 2010.
Detective Inspector Patrick Marry was assigned to the case as Senior Investigating Officer, together with his investigation team at Dundalk Garda Station gathered evidence from the scene and presented it to Forensic Science Ireland for analysis.
DNA Evidence pointed to one man, Douglas Ward, who was charged with the murder of Niall.
Crimecall re-visited this case examining the determination and dedication of the investigation team and the invaluable assistance from Forensic Science Ireland in brining a successful conclusion to this case.
On this month’s traffic segment Garda Derek Cloughley was in studio to highlight illegal and inconsiderate parking, in particular in relation to disabled parking bays.
For most, an illegally parked vehicle causes frustration, however for disabled drivers, illegally parked vehicles in disabled bays or able bodied drivers misusing disabled permits causes much more.
On this month’s programme we highlighted a recent operation targeting illegally parked vehicles in disabled bays and discuss the outcome of same.