On this month’s Crimecall, the team went to Galway to highlight the launch of An Garda Síochána’s Assault Reduction Strategy - Operation Soteria.
The team went on patrol with the Gardaí in Galway and interviewed a victim of a serious assault, a consultant, and members of An Garda Síochána.
Operation Soteria is aimed at preventing assaults occurring, through targeted, timely patrols and engaging with community partners to promote personal safety. The strategy will raise awareness of the consequences of assaults on victims, their families and convicted persons. Victims of assault will be provided support through our network of victim’s service offices.See www.garda.ie for more information on the Use Your Brain Not Your Fist Campaign.
Gardaí at Ashbourne Garda Station are investigating an incident of burglary and unauthorised taking of a car that occurred at a private residence in Ratoath in Meath on 30 October 2019.
The injured party awoke to find that two males had entered the house via the front door which had had its lock popped. While inside the premises the two suspects made away with car keys and the injured party’s wallet which were taken from on a table in the hallway. The suspects exited through the front door where they were followed by the injured party who tried to prevent them from leaving in the vehicle to no avail. The vehicle was eventually abandoned and found a short distance from the location of the burglary.
A detailed EVOFIT was compiled of one of the suspects.
Gardaí at Millstreet Garda station are investigating tel: (029) 70002
Gardaí at Bray Garda Station are investigating an incident of threats that occurred at a private home in Delgany, Co. Wicklow on 6th August 2019.
The injured party answered his door to find two men who asked him to sign a document which he refused to do. They then provided him with foreign bank details where they wanted him to transfer money. They let the injured party know that they had contact details for members of his family and made threats of violence towards him and his family if he did not follow through with their demands.
The two suspects are described as follows:
SUSPECT 1: Red hair, red beard, early 20’s and speaking with a Dublin accent.
SUSPECT 2: Black hair, stubble, speaking with an English accent and slightly older than SUSPECT 1.
The 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 six 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 and make an emotional appeal for information on Crimecall.
- Last confirmed sighting was at Kellystown Road Rathfarnham, Dublin on the 25/5/2019 at 11.06am, walking in the direction of Stackstown/Ticknock area.
- Anyone frequenting the Ticknock area including hillwalkers, cyclists, dog walkers, any motorists with dashcam footage etc.
- Civil defence / Dublin mountain rescue will continue to offer valuable assistance and expertise to continue the searches and this may involve the use of drones in the Ticknock area.
Gardaí at Dundrum Garda Station are investigating tel: (01) 666 5600
Gardaí at Dundalk Garda Station are investigating the circumstances surrounding the disappearance of thirty three year old Mark Smyth who has not been seen since June 2018.
Mark grew up and lived in Ardee, he was last seen here by his family but would have frequented Dundalk & Drogheda areas. Gardaí are satisfied that Mark withdrew money from his account at Bank of Ireland on the main street in Ardee.
At the time of his disappearance, Mark was homeless and using the services of the Simon Community in Dundalk. He was also extremely religious and was a member of the Dundalk Baptist Church.
Mark is described as being five foot six inches in height with short grey hair with black/grey stubble, when last seen he was wearing knee length shorts and a white t-shirt and was in possession of Raleigh Ace Shimona 600 racing bicycle.
Gardaí at Dundalk Garda Station are investigating tel: (042) 938 8400
The National Missing Persons Day 2019 will be launched by The Minister for Justice and Equality, Charles Flanagan T.D. and will take place on Wednesday 4 December 2019 at, Law Society, Kings Inn, Constitution Hill, Dublin 7.
Speaking on the day will be the Minster, the Garda Commissioner, as well as representatives of families of those who have gone missing.
The Day presents an opportunity to commemorate those who have gone missing and acknowledge the difficulties experienced by their families and friends. On average 8,000 missing persons reports are made to An Garda Síochána each year and for each of those individuals there is a network of family and friends who are forever impacted by those days, weeks, months or years. The Day will also allow for recognition of the progress which has been made in missing persons’ investigations over the course of the year.
It is important to recognise the invaluable contribution and commitment of An Garda Síochána, the state agencies and voluntary groups working diligently in our communities to highlight the issues and impacts surrounding people who go missing.
Gardaí at Ashbourne are investigating the murder of thirty nine year old Richie Carberry, who was fatally wounded in a shooting outside his home at Casetlemartin Drive, Bettystown, Co. Meath on Monday 4th November 2019 at approximately 11.40pm.
Gardaí have established that the suspects were in a white van with several different prints and signage on it (registration number 08D12440 ) in the Castlemartin Estate before setting it alight on the Eastham Road after the incident. They transferred to a blue Ford Fiesta registration number 06D80706 and travelled towards the Dublin Road, onto the M1 before exiting at Junction 6. This car was set alight in a field near Ballyboughal, Naul, Co. Dublin.
Both these vehicles were purchased using false details.
Gardaí at Ashbourne Garda Station are investigating tel: (01) 801 0600
The Garda National Economic Crime Bureau are warning the public about advance fee fraud- fake websites offering public loans online in an advance fee fraud. These sites target financially vulnerable people with poor credit history.
These criminals will be particularly active in the run into Christmas when the demand is high.
Through the websites the criminals will obtain contact details of the victim and offer them an unsecure loan. They will then seek payment in advance as an administration fee or 1st monthly instalment or both. It has happened where the 3rd and 4th instalments have been paid.
These instalments are demanded on the premise that the loan fund will be transferred to the account. Inevitably the loan never transfers, resulting in vulnerable people becoming a victim of fraud.
Often times the victim will have supplied extensive personal details and bank account information. This information is often used to commit other frauds.
A Red Flag to members of the public is that these websites offer victims loans without seeking confirmation of the identity, address or the person’s ability to repay the loan. The criminals will look for immediate action in terms of the payments of advance fees, so that the loan funds can be transferred.
The fraudsters inevitably are very convincing, the websites will often have Irish addresses and contact numbers. However AGS investigations have determined that the perpetrators are in fact operating from abroad.
Any person seeking credit should only do so from money lenders authorised by the central bank. Care should be taken around the type of google searches conducted as this can lead the victim(s) to these unauthorised sites.
Websites are continually monitored by the Central Bank of Ireland, working closely with An Garda Síochána. Therefore such sites are withdrawn on a continuous basis.
Gardaí at Mountjoy Garda Station are investigating a sexual assault that occurred at Mountjoy Square Park in the early hours of Sunday 25 August 2019.
The victim was staying in accommodation on Talbot Street, she left her accommodation for a short time to go to a nearby shop. The victim was returning to her accommodation, crossing the road at the traffic lights at the junction of Talbot Street and Gardiner Street when two men approached her and engaged her in conversation. The three of them went to a shop before walking towards Mountjoy Square Park where the victim was sexually assaulted by the two men.
- Anybody with information that could lead to the identity of the two men that were loitering on Gardiner Street/ Talbot Street.
- Any witnesses that may have seen the two men loitering around Gardiner Street/ Talbot Street before or even while engaging with the victim.
- Any witnesses to the victim and two men making a purchase of alcohol in and around the Parnell Street area on the night in question.
- Any witness that may have heard or seen the two men along with the victim in and around the environs of Mountjoy Square when the Sexual Assault occurred ( i.e 00.45 - 01.33 ) on the Sunday morning.
Gardaí at Mountjoy Garda Station are investigating tel: (01) 666 8600
On this month’s Crimecall Garda Derek Cloughley was in studio to update that the public on the roll out of the mobility project that was featured on last month’s programme. In addition, Derek informed the public of the annual DUI Christmas and New Year campaign which will commence on the 29 November.
Derek also gave an overview of last year’s enforcement statistics:
- Over 1,000 drivers arrested last Christmas campaign for alcohol or drug driving
- Over 6,500 drivers arrested this year (Jan-Sept) for alcohol or drug driving
- Many are detected multiple times over the legal limit
- 60% are drivers are between the ages 20-40
Derek offered advice on the recently introduced legislation creating the offence of dangerous overtaking of a pedal cycle.
Finally Derek mentioned Pedestrian safety highlighting an increase from (31) in 2017 to (42) in 2018, and how traditionally there can be an increase during the festive period due to visibility and sadly, alcohol consumption.