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2019

    The Gardaí at Sligo Garda station are investigating an aggravated Burglary that occurred at Drumiskoble, Ballisodare, Co Sligo, on Sunday, the 21st October 2018.

    The male victim in this case had spent the day by attending mass in the morning time at St. Johns Church, Carraroe and afterwards driving to a local shop where he bought the Sunday paper. After spending the afternoon at a sister’s house he returned home at around 5pm, when he received a visit from another sister. She helped him light the fire and they chatted together until she left at around 7.30pm.

    Later that evening shortly before 10 pm the man decided to lock the house and retire to bed for the night. A short time later as the man was sleep he was suddenly woken by three men standing over him and shouting repeatedly at him, “Where is the money? We want the money”. They were aggressive and threatening in their manner.

    Two of the suspects then left the bedroom, with one remaining in the bedroom with the victim. The suspect who remained  had a small (possibly green) pencil torch with a dim light which he constantly shone in the man’s face and kept demanding money. This same suspect climbed up on the bed and put his knees against the victim’s chest and pushed the torch against his throat.

    The other two suspects came back to the room, demanding money and continued to treat the victim aggressively by grabbing and pulling him. The victim put up a struggle and was then pulled from the bed, when the suspects attempted to tie him up. The suspects failed to tie the man up and then manhandled as they forced him into a bathroom. They then locked him in with a key from the outside. It is believed at this point that the men made good their escape. The victim remained locked in the bathroom until the following morning when he was discovered by a man calling to his house. A sum of cash was stolen during the course of this burglary.

    Appeal:

    • Any person who may have travelled in the area of the M4 road from Sligo to Ballisodare/Collooney between 9pm of the 21/10/18 & 7am of the 22/10/18.
    • Any person who may have travelled in the area of the R287 road from Carrarrowe to Ballygawely/Keadue re between 9pm of the 21/10/18 & 7am of the 22/10/18 and saw any person(s)/vehicle acting suspiciously in this general area between the evening of the 21st and morning of the 22nd October 2018.
    • In the weeks before hand did any person living in the general area see or witness anything suspicious or suspicious activity by a person we would ask that you contact the programme, Sligo Garda station at (071) 9157000 or any Garda station.
    • A direct appeal to any delivery drivers/courier person who work through the night who may have travelled in this area in the course of their work. This general area has several light industrial premises/garage premises and we are aware that there is a continual flow of delivery vehicles travelling through this area especially at night.
    • If any of these vehicle had GPS abilities they would check there GPS systems to establish if they were in this area on the date in question.
    • The previous night   a person dressed in dark clothing was seen standing on the side of the roadway near the victims house around 11pm, we would appeal to that person to come forward and speak to us in order to establish can they the investigation.  
    • This incident occurred around the commencement of the game shooting season and game shooting takes place in this area, we would appeal to any persons involved in this leisure activity to contact us if they witnessed anything suspicious during this time.
    • The road network in the vicinity of the home of the injured party is also a very popular walking area and we would appeal to any walkers to come forward and speak to us if they witnessed anything unusual in the days around and prior to this incident
    • Because of the nature of this crime and events that occurred we suspect that the persons involved may have been inexperienced in a crime of such a serious nature and if one or more of them became involved unwillingly  and the descriptions of them by the injured party suggest that they are young and of light build and stature.
    • If anyone seen any persons of similar build/stature in this area in the days/weeks prior to this incident we would ask that you contact the programme, Sligo Garda station at (071) 9157000 or any Garda station.
       

    Descriptions of Suspects:

    Suspect 1

    He is described as the leader of the group, had a torch, 5’7", mid length black coat, dark hair, not too long, 28-29 years of age, slim build, black rubber gloves, black balaclava, ordinary local accent

    Suspects 2 & 3

    5’7", slim build, 28-years old, gloves, faces covered, dark hair, ordinary local accents

    Gardai at Sligo Garda Station are investigating tel: (071) 915 7000

    Gardaí at Portlaoise Garda Station are investigating an aggravated burglary that occurred in a family home in Shaen, Portloaise on Tuesday 26th March 2019. 

    At approximately 9.45pm a family were at home, a mother and her children were in the sitting room watching television, while the husband was lying down in an upstairs bedroom. 

    Four masked and armed men broke into a family home through the front door. One of the suspects was armed with a sledge hammer, he threatened and assaulted the husband demanding money. He took him upstairs and ransacked a bedroom demanding money and jewellery. The suspect placed a large amount of Jewellery and a sum of money into a handbag.  The three other suspects remained with the rest of family downstairs, continuing to demand money.

    All four suspects fled from the house towards a dark coloured saloon car, possibly an Audi A5 bearing false registration number plates 151D16704

    Appeal:

    • Gardaí are seeking information surrounding the movements of the Black Audi A5 car between the 22/03/2019 & 26/03/19.
    • Gardaí are satisfied that this car was in the Tullamore area one hour before the aggravated burglary and know that a dark coloured Audi car bearing the registration number plates 151D16704 passed through the M50 toll Northbound on the 22/03/2019 at approximately 7.20pm.
    • Gardaí are appealing to anyone, particularly gold outlets or pawn brokers who may have been offered the jewellery stolen during this incident. The jewellery is unique to the Indian Culture.
    • Property stolen during this incident and the number plates were recovered in Nurney, Co. Kildare on the 31st March 2019.
       

    Gardaí at Abbeyleix Garda Station are investigating tel: (057) 873 0580

    Aggravated Burglary in Allenwood, Kildare on the 25/3/19

    Gardaí at Naas Garda Station are investigating an aggravated burglary that occurred at a private home in Allenwood, Co. Kildare on Monday March 25th of this year. The victims are a couple living in a rural house in Allenwood.

    On the night in question they had had their dinner and were settling in for the night. The man was watching television in a sitting room at the rear and the woman was in the kitchen at the time of the incident. The female victim heard their dog barking at the front door of the house. The dog is an Alsatian that was being kept in a cage. When it continued to bark the female victim went to investigate and was confronted by a man who put his hand over her mouth and pushed her back into the kitchen. Three other men entered the house at this time. Two of them tied up the female in the kitchen and the other two men went to find the male.

    Two of the suspects entered the room where the man was watching television. They shouted at him ‘Where is the money?’ while threatening him with a crow bar. The suspects began to ransack the house while continuing to demand money and threaten to kidnap the female. At some point the male was hit on the head with an object. The female was tied up in the kitchen while this was going on and was out of view of the man. The suspects found a box with a large sum of money in it. They then left the premises and the man raised the alarm with his neighbour.

    Description of Suspects:

    Suspects 1 – 5’9” / Slim build / Black gloves / Black balaclava / Dressed in black.

    Suspects 2 – 5’6” / Stocky build (slightly overweight) / Blue jeans / Runners / Dark jacket / Full balaclava with openings for eyes and mouth / Crow bar / considered to be the main aggressor.

    Suspects 3 – 5’ / Stocky build (slightly overweight) / Gloves / Balaclava / Used a knife that he took from the IPs kitchen.

    Suspects 4 – 5’8’’ / Thin build / Dark clothing / Balaclava / Gloves

    Appeal:

    • Gardaí are appealing to anyone who was in the general area in the days before and on the night in question to please come forward with any information that they might have.
    • Any persons purchasing or in possession of cable ties, grey duct tape and the nail bar about the time.
    • There were four men involved in this incident. Gardaí are appealing to anyone who may have seen any suspicious looking individuals on the night in question.
    • The suspects fled the scene in a hurry – Gardaí are appealing to anyone who may have seen any vehicles in the general area on the night, in particular a large dark saloon car in the area or leaving the scene at speed at approx. 9.30pm on the 25th March. 
       

    Gardaí at Naas Garda Station are investigating tel: (045) 884 300

    Gardaí at Ashbourne Garda Station are investigating an aggravated burglary that occurred Sunday 17th March 2019 on Cedar Road.

    At approximately 9pm two suspects gained entry to a family home on Cedar road where a young family were at home being looked after by their grandparents.

    The grandmother was having dinner downstairs in the kitchen, her husband was lying down in a bedroom upstairs, while the two children where in their bedrooms.

    One of the suspects gained entry through an upstairs window where he was seen by one of the children who screamed and alerted his grandfather who came out of his bedroom and was confronted by the suspect who produced a weapon and struck the grandfather on the head. A struggle ensued between them before the suspect fled followed shortly by the second suspect.

    The two suspects were seen making their getaway in a dark coloured car similar to a VW Golf or a Mazda 3 hatchback.

    Appeal:

    • Gardaí are appealing to anyone in the area on that Sunday evening (St. Patrick’s Day) who may have seen suspects in the Cedar area to come forward. The suspects used a ladder to gain entry to the upstairs window, the ladder did not belong to the owners of the house, Gardaí believe the suspects may have left the ladder in a green area at the rear of the house and are appealing to anyone who may have seen to come forward.
    • Gardaí believe the suspects made their getaway in a dark coloured car, possibly a VW Golf or a Mazda 3 Hatchback car and are appealing to anyone who may have seen this car in the area before this incident to come forward. 

    Ashbourne Garda Station on 01 8010600

    Gardaí at Lucan Garda Station are investigating an aggravated burglary that occurred in Palmerstown on Friday, the 2nd November 2018.

    On the day of the incident the injured party, a taxi driver, left his home to go to work at 4pm. A short time later, he took a break to collect his children, he dropped them home at 7.30pm before returning to work. A short time later he realised that he had left his phone at home so he began to make his way back to his house. His wife and children were upstairs at the time with no lights on either downstairs or in the front of the house.

    At around 8.20pm a dark coloured Toyota Avensis, with its headlights on, pulled up and parked on the opposite side of the road to the injured partys house. There were 4 men in this car, one of the men got out of the car for a short time before returning to the Avensis.

    Another one of the men then left the car and entered the victim’s house through the front door. The two other men soon followed him while a fourth man, in the drivers seat, drove up the street, did a U-turn and parked outside the victims next door neighbour’s house.

    While the suspects rummaged around the downstairs of the house the victim returned home in order to get his phone. He saw some movement in the house but assumed that it was his family. While inside he was suddenly grabbed around his neck by one of the suspects, who held a knife to his neck.

    The other two suspects appeared in the doorway of the living room. One of them had a hammer in his hand. All three suspects were wearing hoods. The suspect released his grip from the victim’s neck and all three men fled from the scene. They took a laptop and some cash. The men got into the Avensis with one of them sitting in the open boot. The getaway car drove off in the direction of Kennelsfort Road.

    Description of Suspects:

    Suspect 1

    Brown hair
    Thin/gaunt build with dark clothing
    Hood up, gloves and holding a knife

    Suspect 2

    Dark clothing
    Approximately 5’10
    Hood up, holding a hammer

    Suspect 3

    Dark clothing with hood up

    Appeal:

    • The four suspects were driving a dark coloured Toyota Avensis. Gardaí are appealing to anyone who may have seen this vehicle in the Palmerstown area on the night in question to please come forward.
    • While leaving the scene the boot of the car was open with one of the suspects sitting in the boot of the car. Gardaí are appealing to anyone who may have seen something like this on the night in question to please come forward.
    • This incident occurred at about 8.25pm on Friday the 2nd November 2018. Gardaí are appealing to anyone who may have been in the Woodfarm Acres estate in Palmerstown around that time and noticed anything suspicious get in contact.
       

    Gardaí at Lucan Garda Station are investigating tel: (01) 666 7300

    Gardaí at Wicklow Garda Station are investigating an aggravated burglary that occurred at a garage in Rathnew in the town on Friday 25th January 2019.

    At approximately 7am the manager arrived at the garage for work, he made his way to the office where he met another member of staff who was setting up for day.

    A few minutes later, two masked men came through the door demanding money. One of the suspects was armed with a large knife. The manager and assistant were told to move into a corner of the office. One of the suspects sprayed the CCTV camera with spray paint while the second suspect placed a sum of cash into a cloth bag.

    The two suspects fled from the office towards the back of the garage and through the fence at the rear. Gardaí believe they made their way towards the Rathnew Industrial Estate.

    Appeal:

    Gardaí are appealing to customers at the garage on the morning of the 25th who may have noticed anything unusual or suspicious on that morning or the evening before or early hours of the morning.

    Gardaí are appealing to workers entering the Charvey Lane area who may have observed suspicious activity

    Gardaí believe the suspects entered the garage through the rear of the industrial estate.

    Gardaí are appealing to retailers who sold a “Gravel” spray can to come forward.

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

    The Gardaí at Carrick-on-Shannon are investigating an Arson that occurred at the Shannon Key West Hotel on the 10th January 2019. The fire at the hotel was deliberate and started sometime between 7pm and 7.40pm on the 10th Jan 2019. The emergency services were contacted shortly after 7.40pm by a security Guard who was on duty in the hotel at the time of the fire.

    Gardaí believe that the Hotel was forcibly entered by damaging a widow on the down floor area on the Dromod side of the Hotel. The Hotel is located just West of the Village of Roosky Co. Leitrim and it is situated on the old N4 Road which runs between Roosky Village and Dromod Village. We also know that on the day of the fire there were a number of work men operating in the Hotel. The last workman left the hotel at approx. 6pm on the evening of the 10th.

    Appeal: 

    • Any witnesses who travelled this area along the Old N4 between Roosky village and Dromod on the evening of the 10th Jan 2019 between 7pm and 7.45pm.
    • Anyone who travelled the road which runs from the N4 just past the Hotel on the Dromod side to Bornacoola and further onto Fox’s of Tooman. This road is known locally as the Bog road again between the hours of 7pm and 7.45pm
    • Any witnesses who in the days leading up to the fire may have noticed anything unusual or suspicious in the general area of the Hotel or Roosky village itself.
    • Anyone who has information about the fire but one reason or another have not come forward and who now wish to do so, they can contact the Crimecall number  or to any Garda station or the Garda Confidential line 1800 666 111
    • I would like to take this opportunity to thank the members of the Public who have come forward to date and who have helped us with our enquires.
       

    Gardaí at Carrick-On-Shannon Garda Station are investigating tel: 071-96-50510

    Gardaí at Donegal town are investigating an Arson incident that occurred at “Caiseal Mara” Hotel, on Foyle Street on Sunday 25th November 2018 at approximately 4.50am.

    CCTV captured one male suspect who used bottles of accelerant to set the Hotel alight causing severe fire damage. The hotel was being prepared for use as a Direct Provision Accommodation centre for Asylum Seekers. 

    Appeal:

    Gardaí are appealing to anyone with information in relation to this Arson incident to come forward.
    Gardaí ask the public to examine the CCTV footage in an effort to identify the suspect.
     

    Gardaí at Donegal Garda Station are investigating tel: +353749740190

    ATM Theft at Kingscourt, Cavan on the 10/3/19

    Gardaí at Bailieboro Garda Station are investigating the theft of an ATM that occurred at a bank on Main St, Kingscourt on Sunday 10th March 2019.

    A number of pieces of equipment used in the theft were stolen the previous day from a builder’s yard just outside Kingscourt.

    These included an Isuzu Jeep that was stolen from a farmyard in Magheracloone, Carrickmacross, a trailer and a digger that were stolen from a builder’s yard in Raragh just outside Kingscourt and a lorry with a low loader attached which was reported stolen from a lorry yard on the outskirts of Dundalk.

    On the date in question at approx. 3.45am the jeep and lorry were seen driving down Main St in Kingscourt. They drove past a bank and stopped at a builder’s yard where they gained access to a digger which they drove onto the low loader before driving back towards Kingscourt.

    At approx. 4.00am the jeep and lorry stop outside the bank in Kingscourt and the digger is manoeuvred in front of the ATM while the jeep with the trailer attached is positioned beside the ATM.

    The suspect operating the digger proceeds to scoop the arm towards the steel frame that surrounds the ATM and after a number of attempts manages to pull the entire structure out of the wall.  Once removed the ATM is scooped into the trailer and the jeep is seen driving away with all three suspects in the direction of Carrickmacross before going right at Drumconrath.

    Description of Suspects:

    Suspect 1 – over 6ft / stocky/athletic build / dressed in black / some sort of hood/hat.

    Suspect 2 – shorter than Suspect 1 / skinnier in build / dressed in black / some sort of hood/hat.

    Suspect 3 – no description available.

    Appeal:

    • Gardaí are appealing to anyone who was in the area on the day in question to please come forward with whatever information they might have.
    • Gardaí are especially interested in anyone who may have dash cam footage that they think might be helpful to please come forward.
    • The Isuzu Jeep and trailer used in the theft are still outstanding and any information on either of these vehicles would be helpful to the investigation.
    • The suspects in this case drove a convoy of jeep and lorry through Kingscourt on the night in question. Gardaí are asking anyone who may have seen them at the time or earlier in the day to come forward with their information.
       

    Gardaí at Monaghan Garda Station are investigating tel: (047) 77200

    The Gardaí at Dundalk Garda Station are investigating two separate burglaries that occurred in the area on Tuesday 12th June 2018.

    Two suspects were caught on camera in the garden of a house on Blackrock Road between 10.50am and 11.30am. Gardaí believe the suspects gained entry to this house by smashing the rear patio window. A short time later on Racecourse Road, a woman was at home in her kitchen. She saw two men walking by a window, she ran upstairs to look out the window for these suspects. The woman heard glass smashing and could hear the men ransacking some rooms in the house. The woman locked herself into a room and phoned a friend she knew was nearby. The woman’s friend ran towards the house and saw the two suspects in the house. The suspects fled from the scene and the friend gave chase. They ran down Racecourse Road towards a gold coloured Audi car that was waiting for them. The car had a yellow rear registration number plate, YR06PCR. The friend flagged down a passing motorist and they perused the Audi Car but lost them at the Ballymascanlon Roundabout.

    Appeal:

    Gardaí are appealing to the public who may have seen the gold coloured Audi car in the Dundalk area on the morning of the 12th June 2018, in particular in the Loakers, Blackrock & Racecourse road areas.
    CCTV caught the suspects on both properties – Can you help Gardaí identify them.
    Gardaí are appealing to anyone with information in relation to these incidents to come forward.

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

    Gardaí at Blanchardstown Garda Station are investigating a cash in transit robbery that occurred on Thursday 28th March 2019 at approximately 11.50am in a car park in Ongar Village, Blanchardstown. 

    The security driver was making a collection at a supermarket in Ongar Village. Meanwhile a gold Toyota Avensis car registration number 04D81008 was parked close to the van in a parking space. As the security guard approached the van, a man ran from the rear passenger door of the Toyota car, he was armed with a hammer and an iron bar. The security guard dropped the cash box and the suspect grabbed it and ran back towards the car. The driver of the Toyota, a black male, took off at speed and travelled towards the Allendale estate where the car was set alight. The two suspects fled from the car with the cash box. 

    Description of Suspects:

    Suspect 1 – Late 30’s early 40’s small in build and frame wearing Peaked Cap, Brown jacket, navy trousers.

    Suspect 2 – Black male wearing sunglasses and a black hat & scarf

    Appeal:

    • This incident occurred in broad daylight in a very busy shopping area with members of the public present, Gardaí are appealing to anyone who may have seen something to come forward.
    • The Toyota car was purchased on the 23rd March by a man who matches the description of the suspect in a supermarket car park in Tyrellstown. The buyer provided a false name and address to the seller.
    • Gardaí believe this car was parked in Park View House for some time before the robbery incident.
    • The car was recovered on fire at Allendale Close, Gardaí are appealing to anyone who may have seen the suspects either on foot or transferring to another car in the area at this time to come forward.
       

    Gardaí at Blanchardstown Garda Station are investigating tel: (01) 666 7000

    The Gardaí at Mountjoy Garda Station are investigating a cash in transit robbery that occurred on Friday 14th December 2018 at approximately 2.20pm.

    The cash in transit security van was making a collection and a delivery to a supermarket on Slaney Road, Glasnevin, Dublin 11.

    Approximately forty five minutes earlier a white ford transit connect van entered the car park and drove around it a couple of times before parking in a space close to the main door. The security van entered the car park a short time later and parked close to the main door to make a delivery. As the security guard was making his delivery, a man armed with a gun ran from the white connect van, he told the security guard to drop the box which he grabbed and ran back towards the connect van.

    The van turned right out of the supermarket onto Slaney Road and continued onto Lagan Road where it abandoned the van in a cul de sac. One of the men grabbed the cash box and ran down steps leading to the old Finglas Road followed shortly by the second man who has set the van on fire. The two men crossed the Ballyboggan Road and into Glasnevin Woods estate.

    Appeal:

    • Gardaí are seeking witnesses who may have seen the white Ford Transit Connect prior to the incident and in the run up to that date. This van was sold on the 7th November 2018 at west Dublin.
    • Any witnesses in Lidl car park who saw the robbery to come forward.
    • Any witnesses who saw the suspects in Glasnevin Woods / Tolka Valley Park (or other nearby areas at the time).
    • The cashbox has not been recovered.
    • Also appealing to retailers to be vigilant of dyed notes being used and report any such transactions.

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

    On this month’s Crimecall Sergeant Graham Kavanagh was in studio to offer advice and tips to the public when dealing with Bogus Callers. Sergeant Kavanagh offered advice on how best to keep yourself and your property safe when dealing with bogus callers.

    Burglary and theft advice

     

    Crime Prevention

    On this month’s Crimecall Sergeant Graham Kavanagh was in studio to discuss vehicle crime. He offered advice to the public on how to best prevent such thefts. The advice included taxi related thefts, thefts from trade vehicles and the thefts of catalytic converters stolen from vehicles for the metals contained therein.

    Statistics:

    Over 1/5th of all thefts occur at a residential location, with 1 in 3 cars being left unlocked at the time

    The most common items stolen were Cash, Laptops, sunglasses, jewellery, tools and sports equipment

    Most common locations for these thefts was in a driveway

    50% occur between the hours of 12am and 7am and are happening throughout the country

    Each year on average €340,000 worth of property is stolen from cars.

    Crime Prevention Advice

    On this month’s Crimecall Sergeant Graham Kavanagh was in studio to offer advice and tips to members of the public in relation to the EU Focus Day on Domestic Burglaries which occurred on Wednesday June 19th. Sergeant Kavanagh discussed the relevant information listed below and offered advice and tips to the public on how best to keep their personal belonging and property safe.

    • 1 in 4 residential burglaries in the summer involved entry through an unsecured door or window
    • Half of all burglaries occur between midnight and 8am
    • Around €6.4 million worth of goods and cash was stolen last summer in residential burglaries.
    • There was a 32% increase in property being stolen from sheds, domestic garages, driveways and gardens in the summer than the winter.

     Whilst burglary rates have been falling, particularly in winter months, we cannot be complacent.

    Sergeant Kavanagh advised home owners to secure their properties during the summer months, where one in four burglars enter the property through an open door or window. Thefts of tools, equipment and bicycles increase by a third during the summer. An unlocked shed or unsecured bike are easy targets for the burglar.

    "Remember to make your home look occupied, particularly if you intend to be away for an extended period. Once your home is locked and alarmed, ask a neighbour to regularly check your property, use timer switches or apps to turn on lights, cancel deliveries, tidy the garden and watch what you post on social media. Keep the surprises for your holiday and not when you return.”

    Sergeant Kavangh also offered Crime Prevention advice in relation to accommodation fraud:

    Accommodation Fraud

    Approximately 120 reports of Accommodation Fraud in the first 5 months of 2019 – some related to Irish citizens renting holiday apartments but the vast majority relate to incidents in Ireland

    There has been an increase in May 2019, during which almost 40 cases being reported

    Accommodation Fraud is where the victim pays money to rent a property that does not exist, or exists but is not up for rent, or the victim makes a hotel or guest house reservation only to find that hotel/guesthouse does not exist or that the no reservation was made. 

    Rental Fraud

    A property is advertised for rent, and the potential tenant pays a deposit or 1st month’s rent in advance, typically without actually seeing or visiting the property.

    Photographs of the property on line are false.

    Address of the property is advertised, but it may not exist at all – check the Eircode.

    The fraudster is living in the property and shows a number of people the property, gets a deposit from several people and then disappears with the money.

    In other cases, the transaction appears normal until the renter finds that the keys do not work and the landlord has disappeared.

    Red Flags

    Owner of the property is unable to meet with the renter to show the house – often claiming that they had to move abroad at short notice and want to rent their home while they are away.

    The owner puts pressure on the renter to pay a deposit in advance, before meeting or viewing the property

    The owner asks for a deposit in advance and provides a bank account for a bank located outside Ireland.

    How to protect yourself

    Do not transfer money online until you are 100% certain that the receiver is genuine

    Do not pay a deposit, until you have met the owner and viewed the house

    If transferring to a bank account, do an IBAN validation check to see determine the Bank and the branch location.

    Make your own enquiries - do not rely on information provided by the owner of the house, their website or other information they supply online – do not rely on referees the owner recommends to you

    Be wary of persons seeking money in advance via money transfer services

    Use reputable websites and agents

    On this month’s Crimecall Sergeant Graham Kavanagh was in studio to discuss handling advice for retailers and to discuss the launch of the new €100 and €200 note. Sergeant Kavanagh offered the following advice in relation to keeping small retail premises secure:

    Launch of New €100 & €200 notes

    Also included in the piece was an item in relation to the launch of a new €100 and €200 note and how to check for counterfeit notes;

    The release of the €100 and €200 on 28 May 2019 will complete the Europa series.

    The Europa series, like the first series of euro banknotes is easy to check using the “FEEL, LOOK and TILT” method.

    (the link below provides short video clips of how to check the banknotes using feel, look, tilt)

    https://www.ecb.europa.eu/euro/banknotes/security/html/index.en.html

    • Feel - Special printing processes give banknotes their unique feel. The paper should feel crisp and firm. Raised print on the edge of the banknote, large value numeral and main image can be felt on the banknote.
    • Look - Look at the banknote against the light. The portrait window and watermark as well as the security thread become visible.
    • Tilt - Tilt the banknote. The silvery stripe reveals a portrait of Europa in a transparent window and the emerald number displays an effect of the light that moves up and down.
       

    In addition to the security features that can be seen with the naked eye, euro banknotes also contain machine-readable security features.

    On the new €100 and €200 banknotes these features have been enhanced, and new features have been added to enable the notes to be processed and authenticated swiftly. The changeover to the new €100 and €200, the entire set of euro banknotes will continue to offer strong protection against counterfeiting. This makes euro banknotes even more secure, but also easier to check and handle. 

    Advice in relation to damaged or stained banknotes is available at www.banknotewatch.ie  

    On this month’s Crimecall Sergeant Graham Kavanagh was in studio to discuss vehicle crime. He offered advice to the public on how to best prevent such thefts. The advice included taxi related thefts, thefts from trade vehicles and the thefts of catalytic converters stolen from vehicles for the metals contained therein.

    Statistics:

    • Over 1/5th of all thefts occur at a residential location, with 1 in 3 cars being left unlocked at the time
    • The most common items stolen were cash, laptops, sunglasses, jewellery, tools and sports equipment
    • Most common locations for these thefts was in a driveway
    • 50% occur between the hours of 12am and 7am and are happening throughout the country
    • Each year on average €340,000 worth of property stolen from cars

    Gardaí at Ashbourne Garda Station continue to investigate the circumstances surrounding the double murder of William Maughan and Anna Varslavane who were reported missing on Tuesday the 14th April 2015.

    William and Anna had been together since 2014 and lived in a caravan in Gormanston, Co. Meath. William had decided to return to his family home in Tallaght with Anna. His mother and father, Helen & Joe, were making arrangements for their return. On that 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 Anna 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 Anna never showed up and Helen became extremely worried. They were reported missing that evening.

    An extensive investigation was launched with several searches and enquires carried out. The case was upgraded to a murder investigation following a review of the case.

    Appeal:

    Gardaí are appealing to anyone with information in relation to the murder of William and Anna to come forward no matter how small or insignificant they may feel it is.

    Gardaí are appealing to anyone who was in the Gormanston area on the afternoon of Tuesday the 14th April 2015 to come forward.

    Gardaí believe the answer to these Murders is in the area close to where they were last seen and appeal for people who may have already spoken to them but whom they believe have further information to offer to come forward now.

    This investigation is very much active and with new information being presented and actioned still and that every effort is being made to detect these crimes and to locate the bodies in order for the families to give them a Christian burial.

    Gardaí at Ashbourne Garda Station are investigating, tel: (01) 801 0600

    William Maughan and Anna Varslavane Crimestoppers

    Evofit - aggravated burglaryGardaí at Kevin Street Garda Station are investigating an Aggravated Burglary that occurred at a hospital on Thursday 27th September 2018 between 2.15am and 2.30am.

    The injured party was in a staff office when the suspect entered the room and reached for a handbag on the floor, he produced a knife and threatened the member of staff. The suspect grabbed the bag and fled from the scene.

    A detailed EVOFIT was compiled of the suspect who is described as 170cm tall / five foot seven inches in height, gaunt appearance, wearing a blue and red hoody jumper.

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

    Evofit - Aggravated Burglary at hospitalGardaí at Kevin Street Garda Station are investigating an Aggravated Burglary that occurred at a hospital on Thursday 27th September 2018 between 2.15am and 2.30am.

    The injured party was in a staff office when the suspect entered the room and reached for a handbag on the floor, he produced a knife and threatened the member of staff. The suspect grabbed the bag and fled from the scene.

    A detailed EVOFIT was compiled of the suspect who is described as 170cm tall / five foot seven inches in height, gaunt appearance, wearing a blue and red hoody jumper.

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

    Evofit - Swords January 2019 CrimecallGardaí at Swords Garda Station are investigating an assault incident that occurred on the Brackenstown Road, Swords, Co. Dublin on the 1st January 2019, at 19.00hrs.

    The incident occurred while a group of young teenagers, were walking along the road. A car pulled up beside them and the passenger in the vehicle rolled down his window in order to talk to the group. The suspect asked for directions and one young person from the group answered him, the suspect then produced a Taser and attempted to use it on the injured party.

    The passenger did not make contact with the injured party and the vehicle sped off in the direction of Swords. The only description that the injured party could provide of the vehicle was that it was a navy saloon. The suspect is described as having dark hair and spoke with a Dublin accent.

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

     

    Gardaí at Blackrock Garda Station are investigating a burglary that occurred on Tuesday 7th May 2019 at approximately 3.30pm. A teenage boy was at home when he heard banging from the front of his house. He walked into the hallway and saw a man standing there, this man exited the hall and spoke to a second man who was standing in the porch. Both men fled in a dark coloured Seat Leon car, possibly a 2007-2011 model.

    Blackrock 01 6665200

    Evofit Blackrock Suspect 1 Evofit Blackrock Suspect 2

    Evofit - Hijacking in Tallaght on the 6.4.19EVOFIT - Hijacking incident at Avondale, Tallaght, Dublin on the 6/4/19 

    Gardaí at Tallaght Garda Station are investigating a hijacking incident that occurred on Saturday 6th April 2019 at approximately 12.50am in the Avonbeg area.

    A taxi man was on Avonbeg road when he was approached by a man and woman, the man opened the driver’s door and threatened the driver, he struck the driver in the chest with an unknown object and removed a sum of cash from the driver’s hand. The victim was then dragged from the car, the man jumped into the driver’s seat and the woman got into the rear passenger seats. They travelled in the direction of Avonmore Road. The car was later discovered burnt out on Brookview Terrace a short time later.

    The male suspect was covered up but was described as being between 35-40 years old, tall, thin & unshaven wearing a grey jacket. The woman was not covered up and a detailed EVOFIT was compiled, she is described as being of similar age, dark shoulder length hair with a gaunt appearance.

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

    Evofit - robbery from the personGardaí at Crumlin Garda Station are investigating a robbery incident that occurred on Tuesday 15th January 2019 at approximately 7pm.

    The victim was working in a house in the Hillsbrook area of Crumlin and answered a knock on the front door, the suspect purported to be looking for work in the area. As the victim turned to go back in to the house, he was struck from behind several times by the suspect who stole a sum of money from the victim’s wallet. The victim received a number of injuries and received medical attention in hospital.

    The suspect is described as being a polish national, 23-30 years old, approximately 175cm in height of average build with dark brown short hair.

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

    Evofit - Kildare January 2019 CrimecallGardaí at Kildare Garda Station are investigating a robbery incident that occurred on Grey Abbey Street in Kildare on Friday 28th December 2018.

    On that Friday evening, at around 19.30 the injured party was walking to the bus station on her way home when she encountered a group of four males.

    As she walked past this group, one of the males grabbed her handbag. When she refused to let go another of the males pushed her against a wall causing her to bang her face.

    The male in the EVOFIT then grabbed her handbag and the group ran away. Only two of the males were involved in the robbery.

    Suspect 1 (as per Evofit) – initially grabbed the injured party’s handbag and then made away with same. He was wearing a hoodie with a tiger image similar to the one provided printed on it.

    Suspect 2 – is described as approximately 5’6’’ tall, around 19 years old and wearing a black hoodie.

    Gardaí at Kildare Garda Station are investigating tel: +353 45 527730

    Evofit - theft by deceptionGardaí at Bantry are investigating an incident of theft by deception that occurred on Wednesday 23rd January 2019 in Millstreet, Co. Cork at approximately 2pm.

    The victim was approached by a male who deceived him into handing over a sum of money on the pretence he required it for a business. (Will get more details)

    The suspect is described as 30 years old, five foot nine inches in height, strong build, round face, normal accent, with black wavy hair, wearing a shirt & tie, jacket, trousers and shoes. The suspect may have left the premises in a Black Hyundai Santa Fei with 5 spoke alloy wheels, a hitch and black out windows at rear.

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

    Gardaí at Baltinglass Garda Station are investigating a theft from the person incident that occurred on Thursday 21st February 2019 at approximately 12.20pm in Grangecon, Co. Wicklow.

    The victim was approached by a male who produced a sum of cash, he asked the victim who is an elderly man, if he was missing any money. The victim took out his wallet to check and the suspect grabbed it from him. He ran towards a grey coloured car.

    A detailed EVOFIT was compiled of the suspect who is described as between twenty five to thirty years old, 175cm in height (5”9”) of medium build. He was clean shaven, with dark coloured hair and was wearing a “golfers” baseball cap and anorak.

    Baltinglass 045 857620

    Evofit - theft from person 24.6.19

    Fintan Traynor

    In the early hours of Sunday the 26th June 2011, 20 year old Fintan Traynor was walking home after a night out in Castleblaney, Co. Monaghan. At Lemgare, Clontibret, Co. Monaghan he was struck by a vehicle and was fatally injured. The driver of the offending vehicle failed to stop and fled the scene.

    The Lemgare Road is a quiet country road, little used by passing traffic. This is the 8th Anniversary of Fintan’s death and An Garda Síochána are renewing their appeal for information concerning this fatal hit and run.

    Past appeals have centred on an old model Audi A4 – 1995 to 2001 model – which was believed to be the type of vehicle involved in the collision.   The front lower portion of the grille of such a vehicle was located at the scene of the collision.    Despite an extensive investigation that has been carried out, this vehicle or driver have not been located to date.

    We would like to thank the members of the public who have provided assistance to the investigation over the past 8 years, and we are seeking further assistance in locating the vehicle and driver involved.   In 8 years loyalties, friendships and relationships change and perhaps someone that felt unable to come forward previously is now in a position to provide the investigation team with the vital information that would locate the vehicle and driver. 

    Crimestoppers have provided a reward for information in this regard which leads to the recovery of the vehicle and identification and prosecution of the driver.

    Any person with information is urged to contact Monaghan Garda Station at 047 77200, Crimestoppers at 1800 25 00 25, the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111, or any Garda Station.

    The Garda National Vetting Bureau process over half a million vetting applications each year from over 24,500 relevant organisations. The Bureau processes on average 46,000 vetting applications every month and out of those, 4% contain criminal records or specified information which the GNVB discloses to the relevant organisations.

    Working with relevant organisations, such as those in the healthcare, sports, education and voluntary sectors, GNVB assist these organisations by disclosing information which enables them to make safer recruitment decisions and crucially helps keep children and vulnerable persons safe. 

    The bureau’s new Vetting Compliance Unit reviews and inspects relevant organisations to make sure they are only vetting the right people.

    Garda Vetting

    Missing person - Dylan KeoghGardaí at Clontarf Garda Station are continuing to investigate the circumstances surrounding the disappearance of eighteen year old Dylan Keogh who has been missing from his home since the 10th January 2019. 

    Dylan has no access to money or a phone.  His family are extremely concerned for his safety.  Dylan outlined to his family that he was going away for a week and not to worry.  He has not returned and on leaving the house he took a black racer bicycle and a black puma school bag with clothes.

    Gardaí attached to Clontarf Garda Station are investigating Dylan’s disappearance.  As a result of their enquiries, there was a confirmed sighting of Dylan on the Clontarf Road on the 10th January 2019 at approximately 10:30pm. 

    The Investigation Team have now recovered Dylan’s bicycle which was located on Dollymount Beach (near the wooden bridge).  This bicycle was found on the 14th January 2019.

    Dylan’s black puma bag was also recovered on Dollymount Beach (near the wooden bridge) and was located on the 11th January 2019.  The bag had been on the sand and in an area that the tide had come in.

    When Dylan was last seen he was wearing a navy Bruce Lee overalls, black runners and a blue bandana on his head.  His last known sighting was on the slipway on the Coast Road, Clontarf, opposite Dublin Bus.  He had been in the water and the time was approximately 10pm. 

    Dylan Keogh frequented the Clontarf Area and would be known to people in this area.  He would regularly cycle from Ballymun to this area and swim in the sea.

    Appeal: 

    • Any person who spoke with Dylan during his visits to Clontarf (We would be looking to establish what he was at down here in case there were any other activities etc.).
    • Any person who spoke or saw Dylan on 10th \ 11th January 2018, the days of his last known sightings.
    • Any person who observed Dylan’s bicycle on Dollymount Beach.
    • Any person who observed Dylan’s bag on Dollymount beach.
    • Dylan’s flag has not been recovered and it was not in his bag.  It is quiet distinctive and any person who may have seen it discarded anywhere.
    • Where did Dylan travel to when he was last seen at the slip way.  We know there were people walking in the area at the time and we also know that not everyone has come forward.

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

    Missing person - Dylan KeoghGardaí at Clontarf Garda Station are investigating the circumstances surrounding the disappearance of eighteen year old Dylan Keogh who has been missing from his home since the 10th January 2019.  Dylan has no access to money or a phone.  His family are extremely concerned for his safety.  Dylan outlined to his family that he was going away for a week and not to worry.  He has not returned and on leaving the house he took a black racer bicycle and a black puma school bag with clothes.

    Gardaí attached to Clontarf Garda Station are investigating Dylan’s disappearance.  As a result of their enquiries, there was a confirmed sighting of Dylan on the Clontarf Road on the 10th January 2019 at approximately 10:30pm. 

    The Investigation Team have now recovered Dylan’s bicycle which was located on Dollymount Beach (near the wooden beach).  This bicycle was found on the 14th January 2019.

    Dylan’s black puma bag was also recovered on Dollymount Beach (near the wooden bridge) and was located on the 11th January 2019.  The bag had been on the sand and in an area that the tide had come in on.

    When Dylan was last seen he was wearing a navy bruce lee “onesie” black runners and a blue bandana on his head.  His last known sighting was on the slipway on the Coast Road, Clontarf, opposite Dublin Bus.  He had been in the water and the time was approximately 10pm. 

    Dylan Keogh frequented the Clontarf Area and would be known to people in this area.  He would regularly cycle from Ballymun to this area and swim in the sea.

    Appeal: 

    • The Investigation Team at Clontarf Garda Station are seeking to speak with
    • Any person who may have seen Dylan Keogh since the 10th January 2019.
    • Any person who observed Dylan Keogh’s bicycle on Dollymount Beach
    • Any person who observed Dylan Keogh’s bag left on Dollymount Beach.
    • Any person who has information as to where Dylan Keogh might be.

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

    Esra UyrunGardaí 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.

    Esra left her home at approximately 7.15am 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 Esra was wearing black leggings, a dark top and white Nike trainers. Esra was married and had a two-year-old son at the time of her disappearance.

    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 was captured on CCTV 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

    Gardaí at Ronanstown Garda Station are investigating    tel: (01) 666 7700

    Gerard TaylorThe Gardaí at Dundrum Garda Station are investigating the circumstances surrounding the disappearance of fifty five year old Gerard Taylor who is missing from his home since Saturday 25th May 2019.

    Gerard left his home in Sandyford on Saturday morning, he was last seen at 11am walking up Kellystown Road past Taylor’s Three Rock Public House.

    Gerard is described as fix foot tall of medium build with grey hair and blue eyes.

    When last seen he was wearing a navy blue sports cap, a black Regatta jacket, green chino trousers, casual navy flat trainers with a white sole and white stripes on the side.

    Gerard’s family are extremely concerned for his safety and wellbeing.

    Dundrum Garda Station 01 666 5600

    Jon Jonsson

    Gardaí at Santry Garda Station are investigating the circumstances surrounding the disappearance of missing person, forty one year old Jon Jonsson who has not been seen since Saturday 9th February 2019. 

    Jon, originally from Iceland, travelled to Ireland on Friday 8th and checked into the Bonnington Hotel where a poker tournament was taking place. Jon was joined by his partner on the Saturday who was also attending the tournament. Jon’s partner left their bedroom on Saturday morning to get a coffee followed shortly by Jon, who was captured on the hotel’s CCTV in the lobby. Jon left the hotel and walked onto the Swords road in the direction of the Airport. Jon left his passport and phone behind in the hotel room. 

    A number of extensive searches have been carried out and Jon’s photograph has been circulated in the media. His partner, family and friends are extremely concerned for his safety and wellbeing and are appealing to the public for their assistance.

    Appeal: 

    • Jon Jonsson was last seen on the Swords Road close to the junction with Collins Avenue at 11.07am on 09/02/2019. It is out of character for Mr Jonsson to go missing like this. He is a family man with young children back at home in Iceland. His family are very concerned for his welfare.  
    • Appeal to anyone who was in the area of Swords Road/Collins Avenue at that time that may have seen Mr Jonsson.
    • Appeal to anyone in the transport industry who may have provided transport for Mr Jonsson.
    • Mr Jonsson is known to frequent Casinos, we appeal to anyone who may have seen Mr Jonsson at a casino
    • Appeal to any persons who provide accommodation in Dublin Hotels/B&B’s, have they seen Mr Jonsson
    • Appeal to any land owners close to the area where Mr Jonsson went missing.
    • Appeal to anyone at the Bonnington Hotel where Mr Jonsson was staying to contact us if they came into contact with Mr Jonsson on the night of 8th Feb and morning of 9th Feb to contact us. 

    Santry Garda Station on 01 666 4000

    Jon JonssonGardaí at Santry Garda Station are investigating the circumstances surrounding the disappearance of missing person, forty one year old Jon Jonsson who has not been seen since Saturday 9th February 2019.

    Jon, originally from Iceland, travelled to Ireland on Friday 8th and checked into the Bonnington Hotel where a poker tournament was taking place. Jon was joined by his partner on the Saturday who was also attending the tournament. Jon’s partner left their bedroom on Saturday morning to get a coffee followed shortly by Jon, who was captured on the hotel’s CCTV in the lobby. Jon left the hotel and walked onto the Swords road in the direction of the Airport. Jon left his passport and phone behind in the hotel room.

    A number of extensive searches have been carried out and Jon’s photograph has been circulated in the media. His partner, family and friends are extremely concerned for his safety and wellbeing and are appealing to the public for their assistance.

    Appeal:

    • Jon Jonsson was last seen on the Swords Road close to the junction with Collins Avenue at 11.07am on 09/02/2019. It is out of character for Mr Jonsson to go missing like this. He is a family man with young children back at home in Iceland. His family are very concerned for his welfare. He is in Ireland with his partner to attend the Irish Poker Tournament.
    • Appeal to anyone who was in the area of Swords Road/Collins Avenue at that time that may have seen Mr Jonsson.
    • Appeal to anyone in the transport industry who may have provided transport for Mr Jonsson.  
    • Mr Jonsson is known to frequent Casinos, we appeal to anyone who may have seen Mr Jonsson at a casino 
    • Appeal to any persons who provide accommodation in Dublin Hotels/B&B’s, have they seen Mr Jonsson 
    • Appeal to any land owners close to the area where Mr Jonsson went missing.
    • Appeal to anyone at the Bonnington Hotel where Mr Jonsson was staying to contact us if they came into contact with Mr Jonsson on the night of 8th Feb and morning of 9th Feb to contact us.
       

    Gardaí at Santry Garda Station are investigating                         tel: (01) 666 4000

    Mary RyanGardaí at Waterford Garda Station are investigating the circumstances surrounding the disappearance of fifty four year old Mary Ryan who has not been seen since Saturday 15th December 2018.

    Mary called into see her mother at her home in the city at around 2pm on that Saturday afternoon. This was the last time her mother saw her.

    A neighbour became concerned for Mary’s wellbeing when he did not hear from her over the Christmas season and alerted her family and the Gardaí on the 14th January 2019.

    Mary is described as very tall and slim, almost six foot in height and walks with a long confident stride. She has black/brown short cropped hair. She has a particular style of dress and often wears leggings and army style boots with a polo neck jumper. She also wears a headband similar to that of a tennis player.

    Mary is a private individual and generally keeps to herself and does not readily engage with others. Mary doesn’t drive and does not own a mobile phone.

    Mary’s mother and daughter and the Gardaí are extremely concerned for her wellbeing and safety.

    Gardaí at Waterford Garda Station are investigating tel:  (051) 305 300

    Peter Gallagher Gardaí at Coolock Garda Station are appealing for information in relation to the disappearance of twenty four year old Peter Gallagher who went missing from his home at Newgrove Estate, Donaghmede, Dublin 5 on the 5th July 2003.

    Peter had been celebrating at a Christening party at his home but he left the house in the early hours of Saturday the 6th of July and was never seen again.

    Peter did not have his passport with him and there has been no activity on his bank account since. His family have travelled throughout Ireland and the UK searching for him.

    Peter would have celebrated his 40th Birthday this year.

    His mother Caitríona and sister Aideen will be in studio to appeal for information.

    Gardaí at Coolock Garda Station are investigating tel: (01) 666 4200

    Gardaí at Skibbereen Garda Station ae investigating the circumstances surrounding the disappearance of fifty six year old Peter Oliver who was last seen in the Skibbereen area on Friday 14th December 2018.

    Peter OliverPeter is a native of the UK, he came to Skibbereen during the summer of 2018, he had previously lived in West Cork. Peter has had no contact with his family since the 14th December and they are extremely concerned for his safety and wellbeing.

    Gardaí at Skibbereen have carried out extensive enquiries with Peter’s friends and family both here and in the UK, and with the Department of Social Protection and local hostels but there is no sign of Peter. There have been appeals made for Peter through social media platforms. Peter did not have his passport with him and there is no record of him having left the country. Peter has no access to money.

    Peter is described as five foot seven inches in height of medium build with sallow skin, brown eyes, receding grey hair with a grey beard and approximately twelve stone in weight.

    Peter’s family and the Gardaí are appealing to the public with any information in relation to Peter’s disappearance to come forward. 

    Gardaí at Clonakilty Garda Station are investigating tel: (023) 882 1570

    Sean BondGardaí at Mullingar are investigating the case of missing person fifty one year old Sean Bond, who was last seen at Greenpark Meadows, Mullingar, on 24th December 2017, (Christmas Eve). Sean lived there with his partner and four children after moving from Walkinstown in Dublin in 2000.

    On Christmas Eve at 11.30 am Sean drove his partner and children by car to a shopping centre at Fairgreen, Mullingar town, and was to collect them at 3.30pm. At approximately 11.40am one of his daughters called him to collect her. Sean collected his daughter and granddaughter driving them back home. He remained in the family home for approximately twenty minutes before leaving at 12.20pm approximately. He was driving a green coloured Peugeot 307 five door hatchback registration 06WH824.

    On Christmas day, Sean’s partner contacted Mullingar Gardaí station and reported him missing. Later the same day at 1.30pm Sean’s car was discovered parked at Lynn Point, on the shores of Lough Ennel, Mullingar. The car was unlocked, the car key was on the floor inside the driver’s door.

    Extensive searches were conducted of the lake and surrounding area. Unfortunately Sean wasn’t found and there have been no sightings of him since.

    Description of Sean:

    5’8’’
    Brown hair
    Medium build
    Green Barbour Jacket
    Navy Jumper and dark coloured jeans.
     

    Appeal:

    • Sean’s car was a distinctive green coloured Peugeot 307 hatchback. He travelled approximately 2Km from his home and parked beside Lough Ennell at an area known locally as Butlers Bridge, by 3pm on Christmas Eve. Gardaí are appealing to anyone who may have seen Sean’s car to come forward.
    • The weather was dry on the day of Sean’s disappearance. There were a number of persons and families walking in the Lough Ennell area at Christmas time. Gardaí are appealing to any persons who may have been in that area on either Christmas Eve or Christmas day who haven’t yet spoken the GardaÍ to make contact with.
    • Gardaí are appealing to any person(s) who may have had contact with Sean on Christmas Eve or Christmas day in 2017 or at any time since to come forward.

    Gardaí at Mullingar Garda Station are investigating                 tel: +353 44 9384016

    Michael Anthony LynchGardaí at Clones Garda Station are re-appealing for information in relation to missing person Tony Lynch (DOB: 01/08/1947) who has been missing from his home in Fermanagh St, Clones, Co. Monaghan since Sunday, 6th January 2002.

    Tony had moved to his home on Fermanagh Street just two months before he went missing and is known to have frequented The Hibernian Hotel in Clones during this time. He was seen in the Hibernian Hotel bar (now closed) on the day before he went missing.

    At the time of his disappearance Tony was 14/15 stone in weight. He had a receding hair line turning grey, a ruddy complexion, was generally clean shaven and had a round face.  He is described as being softly spoken and inoffensive.  On the day he went missing he was believed to be wearing a dark green leather type jacket, navy jumper, check shirt and black shoes. 

    He was working as digger driver for a drainage company at the time.  He was last observed outside O’Grady’s shop on Fermanagh St, Clones on the 6th of January 2002 at 2pm and has not been sighted since. His family became worried when he failed to show up for work that week and he was reported missing on Wednesday January 9th.

    Upon investigation it was found that he didn’t appear to bring any of his personal belongings with him but his vehicle a White Mitsubishi Galant registration number,  TIL4670 was also missing.  To date Tony Lynch nor his vehicle have been traced. 

    Appeal:

    • It is 17 years since Tony went missing and his family are still waiting anxiously for information regarding his disappearance.
    • Gardaí are appealing to anyone who may have seen Tony’s car – white Mitsubishi Galant TIL 4670 – to please come forward.
    • Living close to the border Tony may have made his way into Northern Ireland and possibly further afield. Gardaí are appealing to anyone who may have encountered a person matching Tony’s description since 2002 to please come forward. 
    • Tony was proficient in the use of heavy machinery. Gardaí are interested to know if anyone in the construction industry employed any person matching Tony’s description. 
    • Tony Lynch would now be 70 yrs. of age. Gardaí are appealing to anyone with knowledge of his whereabouts to please come forward in order to provide solace and comfort to Tony’s family. 

    Gardaí at Clones Garda Station are investigating tel: +3534751028

    Gardaí from the Garda National Economic Crime Bureau were in studio to offer advice to the public on how to prevent becoming a Money Mule, which is a term given to people who help criminals launder cash gained from criminal activities by using their own personal bank accounts to “clean” the money.

    A large sum of money is usually deposited which is then deposited into several different criminal accounts. The vast majority of people targeted are young, particularly men aged between 18-25, who may answer an advertisement for work through social media and are often unaware that they are teaming up with criminals and committing an offence and may be prosecuted. Criminals use the internet as an easy way to recruit money mules. They use popular social media sites to advertise and attract potential mules, they request people’s bank details in exchange for a sum of money. These messages are often disguised as a job.

    Murder of David LynchGardaí at Lucan Garda Station are investigating the fatal shooting of forty two year old David Lynch who was fatally injured on Friday 1st March 2019 at approximately 2.15pm at Foxdene Avenue, Balgaddy, Co. Dublin.

    An extensive Murder investigation was launched, Gardaí have established that there was three vehicles involved in the murder of David Lynch.

    Gardaí believe the suspects were travelling in a white Peugeot Partner Van registration number 141D6118 when David Lynch was shot. This vehicle was recovered on fire at Buirg an Rí Glen, Balgaddy a few moments after the shooting. This van was advertised for sale online and was purchased on Tuesday 18th May 2018. The buyer provided false details when purchasing the van.

    The suspects transferred to a grey Toyota Avensis car registration number 12KE576. This car was recovered on fire at Paddocks View, Lucan, Co. Dublin a short time later. This car was stolen in Celbridge, Co. Kildare on the 14th February 2019.

    From here, the suspects transferred to a black Opel Insignia registration number 10D1760, two persons ran from Paddocks View onto Dodsborough Road where the Opel Insignia was parked. This vehicle travelled through Lucan village towards the N4. This vehicle has not yet been located. This car was advertised for sale online and was purchased on Tuesday 18th May 2018. The buyer provided false details.

    Gardaí at Lucan Garda Station are investigating tel:  (01) 666 7300

    Murder of David NunanGardaí at Henry Street Garda Station are re-appealing for information in relation to the murder of David Nunan (DOB: 28.08.80) whose body was discovered on the 8th October 2005.

    On the day in question a farmer was tending to his cattle near a laneway at Fairyhill, Parteen, Co. Clare, when he noticed the body of a young man lying up against a high gate at the back of a private house. Gardaí attended the scene where they found the body of David Nunan. A murder investigation was launched and an incident room was opened at Mayorstone Garda Station. Deputy State Pathologist Dr. Michael Curtis, together with a full team from the Garda Technical Bureau, was requested and attended at the scene.

    An examination of the body of David Nunan suggested bullet wounds as being the principal contributory factor to the cause of death and later confirmed this to be the case.

    David was playing videogames with a friend at his home at O’Malley Park when he received a phone call at about 2am.  Having finished speaking on the phone David informed his friend that he was going for a spin in a car.     

    A Wine Toyota Carina is suspected of having collected David at his home in O Malley Park and to having driven from Southill to Moyross and again from Moyross in the direction of Parteen where the murder occurred.

    Appeal:

    Gardaí are appealing for any information which will help establish what happened to David Nunan and who is responsible for his murder. 

    Gardaí are appealing for any information in respect of the driver of the Wine Toyota Carina car and any other persons that may have been in this car.

    Gardaí are appealing for information in relation to anyone who saw/met or had any dealings with David Nunan in the days leading up to the murder to come forward.

    Gardaí are appealing for anyone who may not have come forward previously due to worry or fear to make contact with Gardaí at Mayorstone Garda station at 061 456980 or Henry street at 061 212400.

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

    Giedre Raguckaite

    Gardaí in Dundalk Garda Station are continuing to investigate the circumstances surrounding the disappearance and murder of twenty-nine-year-old Geidre Raguckaite, who is missing since Thursday 24th 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 have engaged with Geidre or provided her with permanent or temporary accommodation from the 24th to the 29th May.

    Gardaí are satisfied that Geidre was 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 when she spoke to her Father and told him she was out socialising.

    Gardaí are also appealing to anyone who may be in a position to assist the investigation with information as to who Geidre was with on the night of the 29th May and who may know what happened to Geidre that night.

    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

    Missing person - Reece CullenGardaí at Tallaght Garda Station continue to appeal for information in relation to the murder of sixteen year old Reece Cullen that occurred in Tallaght on Thursday, the 5th January 2017.

    On the day in question at approximately 3pm an emergency call was made to Ambulance services in relation to a stabbing incident that had occurred at Kilclare Crescent, Tallaght, Dublin Fire Brigade sought assistance from Gardaí and on arrival they met two males with the victim Reece Cullen on the ground having suffered a stab wound to the chest. The ambulance conveyed the injured party to Tallaght hospital and a short time later the scene was cordoned off. Medical assistance was rendered but to no avail. Reece Cullen succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead at Tallaght hospital at 3.57pm. Reece died of a single stab wound to the chest. 

    On the day of his murder Reece had attended Youth Reach and was at the time of the incident, on his way home. The cul-de-sac where he was stabbed was sealed off for forensic examination following the fatal incident and a full Garda investigation was launched. In the subsequent investigation a number of statements were taken, CCTV footage of the area was harvested and a knife thought to be used in the murder was found nearby. 

    Reece was murdered in a residential area in the middle of the day. Gardaí believe that there are people out there with information that could help them in their investigation. 

    Appeal:  

    • This is a live and active investigation and while some progress has been made (including a number of arrests) more evidence is required to bring the perpetrator to justice.
    • Gardaí are making a direct appeal to the person responsible or people who know who was involved in the killing of Reece.
    • It may be the case with the passage of time or change in circumstances, people who felt they could not come forward previously may now feel more comfortable in doing so. People who do wish to come forward will be treated sensitively.
       

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

     

    Assistant Commissioner Pat Leahy was be in studio to discuss the recent murders of twenty two year old Sean Little and Jordan Davis who were fatally injured in separate incidents in Dublin’s Northside this week. 

    Assistant Commissioner Leahy will make appeals in relation to these incidents and will offer advice to the public in an attempt to reassure the public.

    Press release seeking witness to fatal shooting in Darndale on the 22/5/19

    Press release for fatal shooting at Rowans Little Balbriggan on the 21/5/19

    Murder of Stephen Lynch on the 13/4/17

    Gardaí at Tallaght Garda Station are investigating the murder of father-of-three Stephen Lynch that occurred in Brookview Close, Tallaght on Thursday 13th April 2017.

    Stephen had driven to Brookview Close with three friends. There was a Ford Focus that was driving erratically around the close. Stephen approached the car and spoke to the people inside. He appears to have asked the driver to slowdown as there were children in the area.

    At this point the Ford Focus reversed and then drove over Stephen who hadn’t moved and was still directly in front of the car. Stephen became trapped under the car and the three individuals that were in the car got out and ran away.

    A group of people who saw the incident managed to lift the car off Stephen and attended to him while waiting for an ambulance to arrive.

    A man in a red bubble jacket was seen to return to the scene in order to retrieve a mobile phone from the car. On returning to the scene this man was subsequently chased by friends of Stephen but was not apprehended.

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

    Purchase of Sex Feature

    Chief Superintendent Declan Daly was in studio to talk about the change in legislation and highlight its reasons, affects, and benefits. He gave an overview of the four national days of action that ran from Thursday 21st to Sunday 24th March.

    The days of action included the targeting of brothels and third party suspects in sex trafficking that resulted in a number of searches being conducted by AGS at premises all over the country.

    Crimecall also spoke to a woman who was the victim of Human Trafficking and brought to Ireland under false pretences. She spoke about being forced to work in the sex trade.

    Chief Superintendent Daly encouraged victims to report exploitation and appealed for the purchasers of sex to consider their actions, together with the links to organised crime and human trafficking.

    Shooting of Robert Delaney at Russell Rise on the 22nd October 2008Gardaí at Tallaght Garda Station are continuing to investigate the circumstances surrounding the shooting of twenty-seven-year-old Robert Delaney who was shot and seriously injured on the 22nd October 2008 at his house in Russell Rise estate.

    On the morning of the 22nd October, Robert, a father of two, heard a knock at his front door. He looked out the kitchen window and a man fired a shot towards Robert hitting him in the head. Robert was seriously injured and remains in a serious condition in the Peamount Hospital.

    Roberts Parents, Terry and Noeleen, his sister Sinead and his daughter Meghan appeal to the public for their assistance with the investigation and encourage those with information to come forward now.

    Appeal:

    Gardaí in Tallaght are particularly interested in speaking to anyone who may have seen either:

    • Suspicious activity in the Russell Rise estate on the evening of 21/10/08 and the morning of the 22/10/08.
    • An unregistered white Honda Integra car (with no number plates) that was stolen on the evening of the 21st October from a garage on the Naas Road and subsequently located at Montpelier estate in Tallaght.
    • Any sightings related to the above car, or any information relating to the shooting.
    • Given the passage of time and the possibility that associations / relationships may have changed Gardaí are appealing to those with information and to come forward at the time to do so now.

    Tallaght Garda Station 01 6666000

    Gardaí at Ashbourne Garda Station continue to investigate the circumstances surrounding the double murder of William Maughan and Anna Varslavane who were reported missing on Tuesday the 14th April 2015.

    William and Anna had been together since 2014 and lived in a caravan in Gormanston, Co. Meath. William had decided to return to his family home in Tallaght with Anna. His mother and father, Helen & Joe, were making arrangements for their return. On that 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 Anna 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 Anna never showed up and Helen became extremely worried. They were reported missing that evening.

    An extensive investigation was launched with several searches and enquires carried out. The case was upgraded to a murder investigation following a review of the case.

    Appeal:

    • Gardaí are appealing to anyone with information in relation to the murder of William and Anna to come forward no matter how small or insignificant they may feel it is.
    • Gardaí are appealing to anyone who was in the Gormanston area on the afternoon of Tuesday the 14th April 2015 to come forward.
    • Gardaí believe the answer to these Murders is in the area close to where they were last seen and appeal for people who may have already spoken to them but whom they believe have further information to offer to come forward now.
    • This investigation is very much active and with new information being presented and actioned currently. Every effort is being made to detect these crimes and to locate the bodies in order for the families to give them a Christian burial.

    Ashbourne Garda Station on 01 8010600

    William Maughan and Anna Varslavane Crimecall  William Maughan and Anna Varslavane Crimestoppers

    Missing person - Dylan KeoghGardaí at Clontarf Garda Station are continuing to investigate the circumstances surrounding the disappearance of eighteen year old Dylan Keogh who has been missing from his home since the 10th January 2019.  

    Dylan has no access to money or a phone.  His family are extremely concerned for his safety.  Dylan outlined to his family that he was going away for a week and not to worry.  He has not returned and on leaving the house he took a black racer bicycle and a black puma school bag with clothes. 

    Gardaí attached to Clontarf Garda Station are investigating Dylan’s disappearance.  As a result of their enquiries, there was a confirmed sighting of Dylan on the Clontarf Road on the 10th January 2019 at approximately 10:30pm.  

    The Investigation Team have now recovered Dylan’s bicycle which was located on Dollymount Beach (near the wooden bridge).  This bicycle was found on the 14th January 2019. 

    Dylan’s black puma bag was also recovered on Dollymount Beach (near the wooden bridge) and was located on the 11th January 2019.  The bag had been on the sand and in an area that the tide had come in. 

    When Dylan was last seen he was wearing a navy Bruce Lee overalls, black runners and a blue bandana on his head.  His last known sighting was on the slipway on the Coast Road, Clontarf, opposite Dublin Bus.  He had been in the water and the time was approximately 10pm.  

    Dylan Keogh frequented the Clontarf Area and would be known to people in this area.  He would regularly cycle from Ballymun to this area and swim in the sea.

    Appeal: 

    • Any person who spoke with Dylan during his visits to Clontarf (We would be looking to establish what he was at down here in case there were any other activities etc.).
    • Any person who spoke or saw Dylan on 10th \ 11th January 2018, the days of his last known sightings.
      Any person who observed Dylan’s bicycle on Dollymount Beach.
    • Any person who observed Dylan’s bag on Dollymount beach.
    • Dylan’s flag has not been recovered and it was not in his bag.  It is quiet distinctive and any person who may have seen it discarded anywhere.
    • Where did Dylan travel to when he was last seen at the slip way.  We know there were people walking in the area at the time and we also know that not everyone has come forward.

    Clontarf 01 666 4800

    Robbery from the person in Dooradoyle, Limerick on the 23/3/19

    Gardaí at Roxboro Road Garda Station are investigating a robbery from the person that occurred on Carraig Drive, Dooradoyle, Limerick on the 23rd March 2019.

    On the night in question circa 9pm a man was travelling to meet his wife who was staying in a house on Carraig Drive. He was in contact with his wife in order to get directions to the house and clarify the address.

    He parked his car on Carraig Drive and walked to Springfield Drive in order to read a street sign while on the phone to his wife. While on the phone he noticed three males walking towards him. He didn’t pay them any attention and walked back towards his car.

    At this point the victim was assaulted and fell to the ground after receiving an injury to the head. They demanded his wallet and phone and searched his pockets. The three suspects’ then left and walked back in the direction of Springfield Drive, continuing towards St Nessan’s Park/Road.

    Meanwhile the victim’s wife opened her front door to look for her husband.  She walked out to the main road and rang his phone. A voice answered asking ‘Who are you?’ The woman asked the voice where her husband was at which point the person on the other side of the line hung up.

    She then heard her husband calling her name and saw him stumbling towards her house covered in blood and in a distressed state. The victim repeated that he had been attacked. She took him into the house where they phoned an ambulance.

    The victim’s car was not taken and his car keys were found a few feet from the incident.

    Description of Suspects:

    Suspect 1 – Short black hair / under 6ft / dressed in black / slim build / clean shaven / had the hammer.

    Suspect 2 – Dressed in black / under 6ft / slim build / clean shaven / short hair.

    Suspect 3 – Dressed in black / under 6ft / slim build / clean shaven / short hair.

    Appeal:

    • This was a robbery which resulted in serious injuries to the victim that he is still suffering from. Gardaí are appealing to anyone who was in the area on the night in question to please come forward with any information that they might have.
    • Gardaí are appealing to anyone with dash cam footage who was in the Carraig Drive area on the 23rd March to please come forward.
    • The three suspects left the scene on foot in the direction of Springfield Drive. Gardaí are appealing to anyone who may have seen individuals matching this description on the night in question to please come forward with any information that they might have.
       

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

    Gardaí at Store Street Garda Station are investigating a serious sexual offence that occurred on Henry Place, Dublin 1 on Friday 7th December 2018.

    The victim in this case, a teenage girl was waiting for her bus home on O’Connell Street when the suspect approached her. He began talking to her before taking her to a Henry place laneway where a sexual offence took place.

    Gardaí launched an extensive investigation sourcing several images from CCTV of the suspect. He is described as between 20-25 years old, of slim build. He was wearing beige chinos, dark coloured jacket with a bucket hat and a flowery bag on his bag.

    Gardaí believe he was in the company of 3 men before and after the incident and Gardaí are appealing to these men to come forward with an identification or if anyone can identify this suspect to come forward.

    Gardaí at Store Street Garda Station are investigating tel: (01) 666 8000

    Traffic

    On this month’s traffic segment Garda Derek Cloughley was joined by Garda Paul Burke to highlight the illegal use of scramblers and quad bikes, and the high risk summer period for motorcyclists. Crimecall went on location with Garda Burke who explains the dangers associated with scramblers and quads.

    Drivers of scramblers and quads are in breach of the road traffic act when they are driven on a public road unless they are fit for road use, registered, taxed and insured. Often the driver is unlicensed and typically too young to hold a licence. The manner in which these bikes are driven in public places has endangered not just the rider but other road users, including pedestrians, cyclist and other drivers and all too often equates to anti-social behaviour.

    Garda Burke spoke of his experiences in dealing with this problem, by seizing these bikes and of having to deal with offenders and their parents. The age range he has encountered is as young as 6 to 19 years of age. Non-compliance of the regulations will mean your bike or scrambler will be seized followed by prosecution.

    Garda Burke spoke of his own experience as an avid motorcyclist both on the road and as an avid motocross driver. He emphasised the safe and correct way to enjoy the sport by using a designated track, and wearing the correct protective body clothing, helmet and boots.

    On this month’s Crimecall Garda Derek Cloughley was in studio to discuss the current situation on our roads in terms of casualties. The coming summer months are a particularly high risk period, with many in holiday mode and visiting unfamiliar areas, schools and colleges are off, many visitors to the country and an increase of agricultural  vehicles/motorcyclists and cyclists. Thirty-three people died on the roads during July, August and September last year

    Derek highlighted some enforcement data and in particular speeding. He outlined that while there is nearly 100% compliance with the safety camera network some motorists continue to take risks. Derek had examples of non-compliance.

    Safety message:  "all road users to be aware of the care needed over the summer months. Collisions occur in a split second and can destroy lives, which is why we all need to concentrate 100% when we use the roads.”

    On this month’s Programme Crimecall went on patrol with Garda Derek Cloughley and Garda Adrian Corcoran with a focus on unaccompanied learner permit holders, amongst other offences.

    The message Gardaí want to convey to the public is that while it has always been the case for many years that learner drivers cannot drive unaccompanied, (and must display L plates front and rear), that now there is a power to impound the vehicle since 21st December 2018.

    The owner can also be prosecuted, (if different from driver), if they knowingly allow the vehicle to be driven by an unaccompanied learner.  

    The message is clearly not getting through to some, as over 1,100 vehicles have been detained nationwide. In addition to the vehicle being impounded, which costs an initial €125 to release, plus €35 per day – the driver faces penalty points and a fine – so the consequences are significant.

    There is no real excuse for not progressing to full licence status. The RSA have informed us that the average wait time is now 7.6 weeks, and there are now over 150 testers and 54 test centres.

    There are also some who will renew their learner permit holder for many years, in some cases because they don’t turn up at the driving test deliberately. That whole area of multiple learner permit issuing is being re-examined by the RSA. One of our recent social media posts was of a driver who had a learner permit for 15 years!

    This is all about safety, and helping inexperienced drivers progress to full licence status. An Garda Síochána are actively focused on protecting learner drivers and all other road users that share the road with them.

    Learner drivers have been involved in fatal road traffic collisions, and in some cases they have been unaccompanied.

    On this month’s Crimecall Garda Derek Cloughley was in studio to discuss what happened on our roads in 2018, highlighting some important trends. It was the safest year on record however there was a significant rise in pedestrian fatalities.

    In addition, he gave a summary of the Christmas and New Year road safety campaign and some startling incidents. He also gave an overview of what Roads Policing will focus on in 2019.

    On this month’s Crimecall Garda Derek Cloughley was in studio to discuss the non-use of safety belts and the use of mobile phones by motorists. At least 1 in 5 vehicular fatalities were not wearing a safety belt at the time of the collision and this figure may rise as investigations progress. The outcomes in some of these collisions could have been so different. During 2018, detections for non-use of safety belts rose by 5% compared to 2017 (approximately 11,500).

    Mobile phone detections rose by 9% in 2018 compared to 2017 and remains the second highest detected offence by AGS (approximately 31,000).

    On this month’s traffic segment Garda Derek Cloughley was in studio to discuss Driving under the influence (DUI). Garda Cloughley highlighted that intoxicated driving is a major factor in road collisions, with alcohol being a factor in almost 40% of them.

    So far this year almost 1,500 people were arrested for driving under the influence in relation to alcohol and drugs, an increase to 17% compared to the same period last year. Garda Cloughley provided a breakdown of the statistics in terms of fatalities and explained the newly amended legislation in terms of the new three month driving ban.

    Superintendent Gerry Curley of Dundalk Garda Station was in studio to discuss the problem of illegal dumping that mainly involves industrial waste, taken by hauliers from industrial sites and dumped illegally on the roadside or on land sometimes with the permission of landholders. Some sites are effected by dumping of Diesel Sludge, Tyres, Animal waste and building waste, involving toxic materials.

    Superintendent Curley explained that Illegal Dumping is a serious problem which has the potential to cause serious harm and that there is cross border and inter-agency co-operation.  Companies and Individuals are reminded of their responsibilities under the law to ensure the lawful removal and disposal of waste. It is not sufficient for them to simply supply a licensed haulage company to remove the waste, they must ensure that it is properly disposed of and should have receipts for each stage of the process. They are liable to prosecution and the substantial penalties contained in this legislation if they fail to do so. The registered owner of vehicles along with the driver is criminally liable and the person in charge of land along with those working there are criminally liable.

    Appeal:

    • Seeking the support of the public in providing information about the source of illegal waste, the companies and individuals involved and any illegal sites in operation or which they suspect to be used for such activity.
      Want to know the particulars of the persons, vehicles and companies involved in the transporting and dumping the waste illegally.
    • In particular, information regarding the origin of industrial waste, which is clearly coming from building sites throughout the country.
    • The location of diesel laundering plants where the sludge originates.
    • Ask the public to note the vehicle registration and any branding of vehicles involved.
    • Reports should be made to the:

             Local Authority, the EPA 24 hour Hotline 1850365121 or any Garda Station.

    • Where people witness illegal dumping taking place (in circumstances where the offenders could be intercepted) they should report the matter immediately to their Local Garda Station

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