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June 25

The June programme was aired on the 25th June 2018

On this month’s traffic segment Garda Derek Cloughley was in studio to discuss some emerging trends regarding safety on our roads, together with some facts & figures including a breakdown of road user groups and comparison with last year’s figures.

Garda Cloughley advised all road users in relation to the Summer period and seasonal risks associated with: 

  • People in holiday mode
  • Residents and tourists visiting unfamiliar locations
  • Schools off - children playing
  • Increase in agricultural vehicles
  • Cyclists and motorcyclists

Finally, Garda Cloughley highlighted that Ireland was the fourth safest EU country for road deaths in 2017. In terms of 2018 the month of May was the safest month ever on record with 6 road deaths. Unfortunately, this month so far 15 deaths have occurred. Therefore, it is important that all road users make a big effort to be safety conscious and take the necessary measures to prevent mistakes being made.

 

This month’s Crime Prevention segment was presented by Sergeant Kelvin Courtney who was in studio to talk about the Garda Summertime Safety Campaign. The aim of this campaign is to improve home and personal security through sharing simple but effective crime prevention advice throughout the summer.

An Garda Síochána is supporting the European wide launch of the European Crime Prevention Network’s (EUCPN) prevention campaign on pickpocketing during large events such as soccer matches and concerts.

Beware of pick pockets

Gardaí at Blackrock Garda Station are investigating an aggravated burglary that occurred on Monday 11th June 2018 at approximately 11.30am.

The injured party was at home at Torquay Wood, Foxrock when they were confronted by 3 men. One of the men was armed with a crowbar. The men fled the scene. The front window of the house was smashed.

The victim compiled EVOFIT’s of two of the suspects.

                       Evofit - Blackrock 2

Gardaí at Blackrock Garda Station are investigating tel: (01) 666 5200

Evofit - exposure LimerickGardaí at Henry Street Garda Station are investigating an incident of exposure that occurred on 29th December 2017 between 12pm and 1pm.

The victim was out jogging along the Canal Bank, near Clare Street when she observed a man who exposed himself and performed an indecent act on himself.

A detailed EVOFIT was compiled of the suspect who is described as five foot eleven inches in height of average build with dark short hair and a pale complexion. He was wearing a blue bomber jacket with dark blue jeans

Gardaí at Henry Street Garda Station are investigating tel:  (061) 212 400

Mising person - Paul O'DonnellGardaí at Clontarf Garda Station are investigating the circumstances surrounding the disappearance of fifty-one-year-old Paul O’Donnell who is missing from his home in Charlemont Road, Clontarf, Dublin 3 since Friday 9th February 2018.

Paul was last seen by his daughter on the evening of Tuesday 6th.

Paul was known to walk around the Clontarf and Kilbarrack areas, he particularly liked to walk along the coast where there was a possible sighting of him on the Clontarf road near the Baths on Wednesday morning the 7th February.

There has been no activity on Paul’s credit union account and he has not collected his social welfare payments. Paul’s family are extremely concerned for his safety and wellbeing and Gardaí are eager to hear from anyone who may have seen Paul, particularly on Tuesday 6th or Wednesday 7th.

Paul is described as 5'8", very thin build with receding hair going grey. He usually wore dark clothing.

Gardaí at Clontarf Garda Station are investigating tel:  (01) 666 4800

Gardaí at Swords are investigating a fatal hit & run collision that occurred between the hours of 1am and 2am on Sunday 24th June 2018 on the Rathbeale Road, Swords, Co. Dublin. A male pedestrian was found fatally injured on the road & Gardaí believe that the male was struck by a vehicle which left the scene. 

Gardaí have established an Incident Room at Swords Garda Station (PH:6664700) to investigate the matter.  Several people have so far assisted Gardaí with this investigation. 

Gardaí are now appealing to anybody who was in this area between the hours of 10pm on Saturday 23rd and 2am on the 24th June 2018 to make contact with them at Swords Garda Station. 

Gardaí are particularly interested in any Dash Cam footage that may be available to assist the investigation.

Gardaí at Swords Garda Station are investigating tel: (01) 666 4700

Gardaí at Ballymun are investigating the double murder of Antoinette Corbally and Clinton Shannon that occurred on Wednesday 16th August 2017 at approximately 4pm.

A Silver Opel Zafira registration number 08LS3101 drove into Balbutcher Drive, Poppintree, Ballymun, Dublin 11, a lone suspect alighted from this vehicle and entered the front garden of a house on Balbutcher Drive, therein, this person discharged a number of rounds from a firearm which resulted in the fatal shooting of Antoinette Corbally and Clinton Shannon.

The driver of the Opel Zafira 08-LS-3101, remained in the vehicle and drove towards the end of the cul de sac on Balbutcher Drive, the driver stopped the Opel Zafira, here they attempted to set the vehicle on alight.

Having discharged shots, the suspect then ran from the garden towards the pedestrian walkway on Balbutcher Drive, which allows access onto Cranogue Terrace. The gunman joined up with the driver of the Opel Zafira, both then ran towards and entered a Black Volkswagen Golf 06-LH-3466 which was situated on Cranogue Terrace, Gardaí believe that a third person then drove the two persons away from the Poppintree area.

Gardaí believe that the Black Volkswagen Golf 06-LH-3466 then drove towards the Santry Close housing estate, situated off the Swords Road, opposite Morton Stadium. Shortly after 1605hrs, the Black Volkswagen Golf was set alight in the Santry Close housing estate, Gardaí believe that all three occupants then transferred into a Grey Toyota Corolla Verso Registration number 05KE4228.

Movements of Toyota Corolla Verso Registration number 05KE4228:

Gardaí believe that the occupants then left the Swords Road area, that the Toyota Corolla Verso 05-KE-4228 then travelled onto the M1 motorway travelling North towards Swords, Co. Dublin.

Gardaí believe that the Toyota Corolla Verso 05-KE-4228 travelled through Swords at about 16.10hrs, heading Westbound for the Ashbourne area.

Gardaí believe that the occupants of the Toyota Corolla Verso utilised the facilities of a house or yard somewhere in the Ashbourne / Rathoath area between the hours of 1630hrs – 1900hrs. Gardaí are seeking to establish the whereabouts of this vehicle or its occupants during this time period.

Gardaí believe that two occupants of the Toyota Corolla Verso then continued Northbound shortly after or about 1905hrs through the town of Navan, Co. Meath.

Gardaí believe that due to roadworks in the town during the month of August 2017, motorists were forced to continue travelling Northbound on the M3 motorway, the Grey Toyota Corolla Verso 05-KE-4228 travelled Northbound through the M3 Eurolink Toll Bridge at 1923hrs.

CCTV Footage from the M3 Toll Bridge has been obtained, the driver of the Toyota Verso wore a dark tee shirt, the passenger can be observed wearing a light blue vest tees shirt and a pair of grey shorts.

Gardaí believe that the Toyota Corolla Verso at about 1945hrs travelled through Virginia, Co. Cavan again travelling Northbound onward towards Cavan Town. At about 2005hrs the Verso continued Northbound along the M3 motorway through Cavan Town.

Gardaí believe that the Toyota Verso then travelled onto the N54 through Cloverhill, Co. Cavan at about 2011hrs, continuing on the N54 / A3 roadways towards the Border with Northern Ireland and onward to Clones.

At about 2105hrs, Gardaí believe that the Toyota Verso travelled through Monaghan Town then entered Northern Ireland on the N12 / A3 - Monaghan Road roadway at approximately 2120hrs. We believe that the vehicle travelled toward South Armagh and then took the A28 – Markethill Road toward Newry at about 2145hrs.

Gardaí believe that the vehicle travelled towards Newry on the A28 - Gosford Road at about 2155hrs, we do not know where this vehicle 05-KE-4228, Grey Toyota Corolla Verso travelled to from this location.

Appeal:

The investigation team at Ballymun Garda Station are appealing to members of the public both in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland that may have observed this vehicle and its occupants or be in possession of CCTV footage or Dash Cam footage from the evening / night of the 16th August 2017 to come forward to assist with our enquires, the route travelled by the Toyota Verso would appear to be an evasive ploy, the obvious route to Newry (if indeed this was to the vehicles intendent final destination) would have been the M1 motorway via Dundalk. For reasons unknown the vehicle travelled a lengthy journey to reach Newry.

Did the occupants stop at any time to avail of service station facilities? Did they stop at a local shop to purchase refreshments? We are appealing to the general public for information that you may be in possession of and that you believe may be of assistance to our enquiries.

Antoinette Corbally and Clinton Shannon are innocent victims of a shooting that was conducted in broad daylight in a quiet community based housing estate, young children were present in the area, local residents both young and old were going about their day to day business, we believe that there are people watching tonight that have information in relation to the tragic events that unfolded on Balbutcher Drive, Ballymun on the afternoon of the 16th August 2017, we believe that members of the public hold the information we require to advance this investigation, all information will be dealt with as sensitively as possible.

Gardaí at Ballymun Garda Station are investigating tel: (01) 666 4400

Sexual assault at Harolds Cross on the 20.5.18Gardaí at Sundrive Road are investigating a sexual assault that occurred on Sunday 20th May 2018 between 5am & 5.30am on Mount Argus Road, Harold’s Cross, Dublin 12.

The victim and suspect met near a bookmakers on Grafton Street. They walked together on the left hand side of the road onto Dame Street, Christchurch, left onto Clanbrassil Street towards the canal over Harold’s Cross Bridge.

They walked along Harold’s Cross road towards Mount Jerome Cemetery and right onto Mount Argus Road where the victim was sexually assaulted.

Gardaí are appealing to anyone who was in the area at the time and may have seen a man and a woman standing near a car on Mount Argus Road, they are particularly interested in a couple who spoke with the victim and suspect here.

A detailed EVOFIT was compiled of the suspect, who is described as six-foot-tall with broad shoulders, black hair with a beard. He was wearing a dark jacket, beige coloured trousers and black shoes. He was able to converse in Spanish.

Gardaí at Sundrive Rd Garda Station are investigating tel: (01) 666 6200

Murder of Darren KearnsThe Gardaí at Finglas Garda Station are investigating the murder of thirty-three-year-old Darren Kearns who was fatally wounded in the car park of a public house on Blackhorse Avenue, Dublin 7 on Wednesday 30th December 2015.

Darren and his wife decided to go for an early evening meal and left their home at Ashtown in Dublin at approximately 3.30pm. Darren drove his wife’s car, a two door white Fiat 500. They tried a couple of restaurants in and around the area, but they were closed. Their journey took them along Collins Avenue, Drumcondra where they decided to turn around outside Dublin City University and drove to a restaurant at Finglas which was also closed. They went to a service station at Clearwater Shopping Centre in Finglas where Darren purchased petrol.

After leaving the service station they decided to try a well-known Chinese restaurant next to Cumiskey’s Public House on Blackhorse Avenue arriving at approximately 4.45pm. Darren and his wife had their meal and left the restaurant just after 5.30pm. Darren’s wife was now driving. As they drove towards the exit a silver coloured 5 Series BMW M series, registration number 04D35151, entered the car park from the Baggot Road entrance and blocked their way. At this point a man appeared running beside the BMW carrying a firearm. He approached the couple’s car and fired at the victim.

The BMW exited onto Baggot Road with the suspect getting into the rear driver’s door. The car turned left onto Blackhorse Avenue and drove at speed to Regal Park, where it turned left before being abandoned and set alight in a laneway there.

A man left the same laneway and ran to a waiting car. This car had its lights off and turned right at speed onto Blackhorse Avenue. It continued on Blackhorse Avenue before turning right onto Skreen road. The car then turned from Skreen road onto the Navan road.

Appeal:

The car used in connection with this murder is a 5 series BMW M series, 4 door, Silver, bearing its correct registration 04D35151. The car was purchased from a car buyer’s website on the 28th October 2015.The person who purchased the car supplied false details.

Where was this car between 28th October and 30th December 2015.

Any sighting of the couple in the white fiat 500 from the time they left their home at Ashtown (3.30pm approx.), until they arrived at the pub (4.45pm approx.)

Sightings of the BMW after the shooting, especially at Regal Park where the car was abandoned and a man ran to a waiting car.

Sightings of the car that left Regal Park at speed and drove without headlights at speed and turned right from Blackhorse Avenue onto Skreen Road. Where did this car go after it turned onto the Navan Road.

Do you have any information relating to the person(s) responsible for Darren’s murder?

Gardaí at Finglas Garda Station are investigating tel: (01) 666 7500

Gardaí at Rathfarnham Garda Station are investigating an aggravated burglary that occurred on Sunday 20th May at approximately 3.35pm in Prospect View, Prospect Manor, Rathfarnham.

On that Sunday afternoon a boy was playing hurling with friends on the green near his house. While he was outside playing, a grey VW Golf registration number 07G1189 (cloned) with 3 men inside drove a short distance down Prospect View, turned around and then pulled-up on the left hand side of the road.

Two of the men got out of the car and made their way towards the boy’s house. One of the men was carrying a nail bar and the other was carrying a handgun. Failing to break open the front door with the nail bar, the two men went around to the back of the house and entered through the rear patio door. Once inside the house they made their way upstairs and began to search the family bedrooms. One of the men found €200 in one of the bedrooms and the nail bar was left on one of the beds.

While the two men were upstairs the boy had come back to the house in order to get a drink of water. Hearing noise coming from upstairs he called out “Who’s there?” The two men appeared at the top of the stairs wearing balaclavas. The boy tried to run away but the raiders caught him before he could get out of the house. The man with the gun pointed it at the boy in order that he stay quiet while the two raiders left through the patio door. They got back into the VW Golf and drove away down Prospect View and right onto Prospect Drive. At the end of Prospect Drive they turned onto Stocking Lane but it is unknown if they went left or right.

Earlier that day, a witness saw the grey Golf parked beside the house, they observed a man in the driver’s side seat reclined all the way.

Description of Suspects:

Suspect with nail bar: 6ft. Late teens, early 20’s. Medium build. Black top and tracksuit bottoms with green stripes.

Suspect with Handgun: 6ft 2. Strong build. Black balaclava. Black jacket and dark tracksuit bottoms with green stripes.

Driver: Late teens, early 20’s, mousey short brown hair with the fringe brushed forward, wearing a grey tracksuit.

Appeal:

Gardaí are appealing to anyone who may have been in the Rathfarnham area on the day in question to come forward with any information they might have on the incident.

Gardaí are appealing to anyone who may have seen the VW Golf on this date either before or after the burglary.

Gardaí would also like anyone who saw this car in the weeks leading up to the burglary to please come forward.  

Gardaí at Rathfarnham Garda Station are investigating tel: (01) 666 6500