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September 24

The September programme was aired on the 24th September 2018

On this month’s traffic segment Garda Derek Cloughley was in studio to discuss what has been happening on the roads over the summer months. Garda Cloughley also discussed the ever present issue of non-use of safety belts. Unfortunately, far too many people still fail to use this most basic form of road safety.  Wearing a safety belt could be the difference between life and death in a collision. The Crimecall team travelled to Letterkenny to talk to the Roads Policing Unit and Dr. Gerry Lane about their experience of attending road traffic collisions where non wearing of seatbelts was a factor that caused serious injuries and death.

Campus Watch

On this month’s Crime Prevention segment, Sergeant Graham Kavanagh was in studio to discuss An Garda Síochána’s Crime Prevention Initiative “Campus Watch” which was initially introduced to third level institutions twenty years ago in 1997 and now has over fifty active Campus Watch schemes, which are supported by Community Gardaí across Ireland.

Campus Watch is based on the same principle of “Community Policing in Partnership”, as Neighbourhood & Business Watch and its primary objective is to make campuses and their environs a safer place. 

During this academic year Garda Campus Watch Liaisons, in partnership with the Students Union, will host specific themed clinics on topics such as Anti-Social Behaviour, Personal Safety, Drug Awareness and Cyber Crime. For more information on Campus Watch please see information leaflets here as on the the Garda website at www.garda.ie

EVOFIT - Attempted abduction of a female in Celbridge, Kildare on the 12.9.18

At approximately 10.10pm on the 12/9/2019 an attempted abduction took place as a woman was waiting at a bus stop in Barberstown, Straffan Co. Kildare. While standing at the bus stop, a vehicle pulled up beside her. A Male driver offered her a lift which she declined. The woman reported that he got out of car, came around to her, grabbed her by the arm briefly. 

She warned him off by saying she would report the incident to the guards. He ran back to his car and drove off. 

Gardaí at Celbridge Garda Station are investigating tel:  (01) 628 8222

EVOFIT - Burglary in Mullinavat, Kilkenny on the 16.9.18

On the 16/9/18 at approximately 11.45 am a home owner returning from a walk disturbed 2 men who were in his house.  One male escaped via a window and scaled a wall to awaiting white van. A sum of cash was taken from the property. 

Gardaí at Thomastown Garda Station are investigating tel: (056) 775 4150

EVOFIT - Burglary that occurred on the 29.8.18 at Clonlara, Clare.

Gardaí at Killaloe Garda Station are investigating a burglary that occurred on Wednesday 29th August 2018 at Clonlara, Co. Clare. 

The injured party arrived home at approximately 5.55pm and observed a silver/gold Toyota Avensis car possibly a 2006 model, parked outside her house, the driver appeared to be on his mobile phone. The injured party was with a friend in her car, the Avensis then drove at speed away from the injured party’s house. When the injured party entered her house she discovered the back door was open and had been damaged and a large quantity of jewellery was missing. 

The driver of the Avensis is described as being in his thirties with a round face, with sandy/red coloured hair cut very short with slight spikes, large eyes and flushed complexion. He was wearing a grey top. 

Gardaí at Killaloe Garda Station are investigating tel:  (061) 620 540

Missing person - Geidre Raguckaite

Gardaí in Dundalk Garda Station are renewing their appeal for information into the movements and whereabouts of twenty-nine-year-old Geidre Raguckaite, who is missing since Wednesday 23rd May 2018. 

Gardaí believe she moved out of her rented accommodation at College Heights, Dundalk on the 23rd May. 

Gardaí are anxious to hear from anyone who may know where she moved to or has provided her with permanent or temporary accommodation since the 23/5/18. Enquiries to date suggest she may have been in the Laytown area of Co. Meath on the night of the 29th May 2018. It is also established that Geidre's last known contact with her family was on the evening of the 29th May 2018. 

Geidre is described as approximately 1.67meters in height of thin build, with blonde hair, pale complexion and green Eyes. 

Gardaí at Dundalk Garda Station are investigating tel: (042) 938 8400

Gardaí at Tallaght Garda Station are investigating the murder of sixty-three-year-old Michael McCoy who died as a result of an assault. His body was discovered at a forest track on Ballinascorney Road Upper, Brittas, Co. Dublin. 

On Thursday 29th September 2016, Michael took his two dogs for a walk in the nearby forest. His red Daihatsu Cuore car was parked at the entrance to the forest by at least 8.30am that morning. 

Michael’s wife returned home that evening at around 5.30pm but Michael wasn’t there. She became alarmed at around 7pm when he still had not returned home. Michael’s wife and one of his daughters went looking for him and found his car parked at the forest. They searched for Michael and called out for the dogs. They were worried as they thought he may have had a fall. They contacted the Gardaí who utilised the services of the local Mountain Rescue Units. They searched the woods and found Michael lying on a footpath in the early hours of the 30th September. He had been assaulted and was pronounced dead a short time later. 

Michael’s wife and three daughters make an emotional appeal for help and assistance from the public. 

Appeal:

  • Gardaí are appealing to the public in the Ballinascorney area to assist them with their investigation and encourage person(s) with information to come forward.
  • Gardaí believe that there may be people with information in the community who have not yet come forward and would appeal to them to do so now. 

Gardaí at Tallaght Garda Station are investigating tel: (01) 666 6000

Sexual Assault at a festival in Drumcoura on the 3.6.18

Gardaí at Ballinamore are investigating a sexual assault that occurred on Sunday 3rd June 2018 at a festival in Drumcoura, a townland between Ballinamore and Carrigallen.

A group of friends rented a number of Tepees tents in the camping area. In the early hours of Sunday morning they decided to go to bed and settled into their tents. At approximately 5.30am one of the women woke up and discovered a man lying beside her on her sleeping bag. The woman was sexually assaulted. The woman screamed and alerted her friends. The man calmly left the tent in the direction of the exit. 

An EVOFIT was compiled of the suspect who is described as being in his thirties with sandy coloured hair wearing blue denim jeans, blue checked shirt with black slip on shoes. 

Appeal:

  • Gardaí are appealing to the public to consider the description together with the EVOFIT in an attempt to identify the suspect.
  • Gardaí are appealing to anyone with information in relation to this incident to come forward.

Gardaí at Ballinamore Garda Station are invstigating tel: 071 96 44002

Matthew Carrroll

Gardaí at Roxboro Road Garda Station are continuing to investigate the circumstances surrounding the disappearance of thirty-year-old Matthew Carroll who has not been seen since the 8th June 1998.

Matthew, a father of one, was out socialising with friends in the Roxboro area, they were celebrating a recent win for a local football team, Carew Park who had won the Lawson Cup the previous day.

Matthew was last seen leaving the Steering Wheel public house at Roxboro shopping centre at around 8pm to walk the short distance to his home on nearby Rose court.

Matthew never arrived home and has not been seen since, his daughter Trudy and his brother Seamus appeal for information on Crimecall this month.

Appeal:

Gardaí are appealing to anyone with information about the disappearance of Mathew to come forward. 

Gardaí at Roxboro Road Garda Station are investigating tel: (061) 214 340

Gardaí at Kilkenny Garda Station are investigating an aggravated burglary that occurred on Saturday 18th August 2018 at a Parochial House in Coon, Co. Kilkenny.

Earlier that morning, the local parish priest said Mass and greeted the local congregation. He went into Castlecomer that afternoon to run a few errands returning home at around 3pm. He had a visitor who called to see him to discuss parish business just after 3pm.

The priest had settled in for the afternoon and was busy writing a sermon, suddenly a woman entered his house demanding money. She picked up the Priest’s mobile phone from the kitchen table and took a knife from a drawer, continuing to demand money.

The Priest handed her a sum of cash which the woman grabbed from him, she then reached into his pocket and removed another sum of cash before pushing the Priest to the ground. The woman fled from the Parochial House on foot. 

Appeal:

Gardaí are appealing to anyone with information in relation to this incident to come forward
The suspect was described as being tall, approximately five foot ten inches in height of stocky build with dark shoulder length hair. She was wearing a red top.
A woman was seen close to the Parochial house at around 3pm sitting in a light coloured car with two children in the rear passenger seat. This woman has not been identified and Gardaí are appealing to the public to come forward in an attempt to identify her.

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

Unlawful Seizure of a Vehicle in the Phoenix Park, Dublin on the 10.6.18

Gardaí at Kilmainham Garda Station are investigating an unlawful seizure of a vehicle that occurred in the Phoenix Park on Saturday 10th June 2018. 

A couple and their fourteen-month old child were visiting Dublin for the first time, they arrived in Ireland on Saturday 10th June 2018 and hired a car, a silver Nissan Qashqai registration number 181WX2095.  At around 9.30pm they decided to go for a drive through Dublin City centre to sightsee. They drove towards the Phoenix Park in an attempt to get their daughter to sleep who was in the back of the car. 

At around 10.35pm they decided to go back to their accommodation, they drove down Wellington road towards the exit for Conyngham Road. Suddenly a man appeared from the right hand side and walked towards the middle of the road. The couple slowed their car down to allow the man to cross, he then ran towards the driver’s door opening it, he was armed with a knife and threatened the couple, demanding they get out of the car. The injured party got out and handed over his wallet, just then a second man appeared at the front passenger door, he grabbed the woman and demanded she got out of the car. They managed to get their child out of the back of the car before the suspects drove off. The couple raised the alarm with the assistance of a passer-by. 

The car was recovered the next day on Ava Maria Road, Rialto, Dublin 8. 

An Evofit was compiled of one of the suspects who is described as being in his late thirties, five foot ten inches in height of stocky build with a pale complexion, clean shaven, tightly cut hair light in colour.

Appeal:

  • Gardaí are appealing to anyone who may have been in the Conyngham Road area and witnessed this incident.
  • Gardaí are appealing to anyone who was in the Ava Maria road area who may have seen the Nissan Qashqai being abandoned.
  • Gardaí are appealing to anyone with information or who may be in a position to identify the suspect from the EVOFIT. 

Gardaí at Kevin Street Garda Station are investigating tel: (01) 666 9400