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May 28

The May programme was aired on the 28th May 2018

On this month’s Road Safety segment, the Crimecall team accompanied Garda Derek Cloughley as he patrolled the motorways encountering examples of bad driving. The purpose of the filmed piece is mainly advisory aimed at highlighting safe motorway driving. Garda Cloughley offered advice in relation to some of the examples he encountered such as:

• What to do in case of an emergency – pull into the hard shoulder and stand behind the safety barrier.
• How to respond to an emergency vehicle approaching - move into the left lanes
• Undertaking - exercise caution as you don’t know what the driver to your right will do
• Reading VMS signs (Variable Messaging System)

Also, as part of our Crime Prevention segment, Assistant Commissioner Barry O’Brien was in studio to discuss the “Use your Brain Not Your Fist’s” Crime Prevention initiative aimed at preventing assault incidents. The vast majority of assaults are committed by men aged between 18-39 years old and the vast majority of victims are men, with 70% of assault victims and suspects being men. Assistant Commissioner O’Brien discussed the response so far to this campaign which was initially launched in 2016.

We also talked to Joe Grogan, whose son Shane was just twenty-two years old when he was the victim of an unprovoked assault in 2012 suffering life changing injuries.

This month’s Crime Prevention segment was presented by Sergeant Graham Kavanagh who discussed the Garda “Summertime Safety “campaign that commenced on Thursday, May 31st 2018.

The primary aim of the campaign will be to engage with and raise awareness amongst the community on ways to prevent home burglaries and crimes against the person during the summer months.

A series of infographics and videos designed to educate the public on ways to avoid being victims of burglaries, thefts, robberies or assaults will be released on social media and traditional media, on a staggered basis throughout the summer months.

Gardaí at Balbriggan Garda Station are investigating the circumstances surrounding a criminal damage incident that occurred on Thursday 17th May 2018 at approximately 11.30pm.

A green Renault Laguna car was recovered crashed at Ardla Graveyard in Skerries, four graves were damaged including two headstones. Three men and two women were seen fleeing from the crashed car. Gardaí are appealing to anyone with information about this incident to come forward. 

Gardaí at Balbriggan Garda Station are investigating tel: (01) 802 0510

Gardaí at Kilkenny are investigating an incident of exposure that occurred on Saturday 12th May 2018 at Blackquarry Filling Station, Kilkenny.

The victim was walking along the road, she observed a black jeep and as she approached the jeep a man got out and asked her for directions. She was unable to assist with the directions. The man then exposed himself to the woman.

A detailed EVOFIT was compiled of the suspect.

Gardaí at Kilkenny Garda Station are investigating tel: (056) 777 5000

Evofit - Exposure

Gardaí at Drogheda are investigating an aggravated burglary that occurred on Saturday 14th April 2018 between 5pm and 6pm in Pearse Park, Drogheda, Co. Louth.

An elderly man was at home alone when he answered a knock on his door to a man posing as an insurance salesman. When the door open the man pushed his way in and produced a knife. The man ransacked the house for over an hour. He locked the victim into a toilet and left the house. A sum of money was missing from the house.

A detailed EVOFIT was compiled of the suspect who is described as being tall with fair hair, tightly cut. He was wearing a white jacket, jeans and runners.

Gardaí at Drogheda Garda Station are investigating tel: (041) 987 4200

Evofit - Burglary in Louth

Gardaí at Bray Garda Station are investigating an incident involving the discharging of a firearm at Upper Dargle Road, Bray, Co. Wicklow.

A number of shots were fired through the front door of a house on Upper Dargle Road at approximately 11.45pm on Monday 30th April 2018. A family were present inside the house at the time of this incident.

The suspect is described as five foot ten inches in height of slim build with light colored hair. He was wearing dark clothes, a jacket with a hood and jeans. He had a cloth or scarf covering his face.

Gardaí are appealing to anyone with information about this incident to contact them.

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

Gardaí 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 Crumlin Garda Station are investigating tel: (01) 666 6200

Sexual assault Harolds Cross

Gardaí at Bray Garda station are investigating the murder of twenty-four-year-old Jastine Valdez that occurred on Saturday 19th May 2018.

Gardaí are seeking the assistance of the public in locating Jastine’s handbag, described as a blue shoulder bag. Full list available here on Press Release.

Gardaí are appealing to anyone with information in relation to the murder of Jastine to come forward.

Gardaí at Bray Garda Station are investigating tel: (01) 666 5300

Jastine Valdez  Jastine Valdez bag

Gardaí at Mountjoy Garda Station are continue to investigate the murder of thirty-seven-year-old Michael Keogh, who was shot and fatally injured in an underground carpark in Sheridan Court Apartments on Dorset Street on Wednesday 31st May 2017.

Michael was due to start a new job that morning and made his way to his car in the underground carpark at around 7am. Earlier that morning at around 6.30am two men in a silver Opel Astra car drove into the car park and parked in a space. As Michael got to his car he was shot a number of times, seconds later the silver Opel Astra car left the car park. Michael’s body was discovered a short time later.

The Opel Astra left Sheridan Court apartments, turned right onto Dorset street and drove towards Drumcondra, turned right onto Clonliffe Road and right onto Clonliffe Avenue into a laneway just under the railway bridge. One of the men set the car alight while the other man discarded the keys.

The silver Opel Astra car was stolen between the 11th & 12th of April 2017 from Melrose Avenue, Clontarf.

Appeal:

• Gardaí are appealing to anyone with information in relation to this murder to come forward
• Gardaí are appealing to anyone with information as to where the Opel Astra car was between the 11th of April and the 31st May 2017. The car was fitted with a cloned registration number plate, partial registration 12D.
• That Wednesday morning was a very bright morning with clear weather, several commuters were travelling to work, Gardaí would like to speak to anyone who may have seen these two men in the Ballybough area of Dublin after 7am to come forward.

Gardaí at Mountjoy Garda Station are investigating tel: (01) 666 8600

Gardaí at Mountjoy are investigating an aggravated burglary that occurred on Monday 30th April 2018 at approximately 2pm on Iona Road, Dublin 7.

Earlier in the day the owner of the house answered a knock on the door to a man purporting to be in the area offering window cleaning and general maintenance service. The woman declined and a short time later indicated to a student renting a room in her house that she was going for a walk. The student was making a cup of tea in the kitchen when she answered another knock on the door. The man was fair haired wearing a beige jumper. He enquired if “John” was there. The student told him there was no John in the house and he left abruptly.

The young woman returned to her bedroom to study, she heard a noise downstairs but thought nothing of it, she heard another noise and went to the landing to check. There were 3 men on the landing. Two of them were armed with Hurley’s. One of the men swung a hurl at the student narrowly missing her. The three men fled from the house running through the back garden over a wall. They ran in the direction of Iona park.

Two detailed EVOFIT’s were compiled of two of the Suspects-

Suspect one:

Suspect 1 May Crimecall

Suspect two:

Suspect 2 May Crimecall

Appeal:

• Gardaí are appealing to anyone in the Glasnevin area on the 30th April who may have seen these men to come forward.
• Gardaí are appealing to the public to consider the description along with the EVOFITS in an attempt to identify the suspects.

Gardaí at Mountjoy Garda Station are investigating tel: (01) 666 8600