On this month’s Crime Prevention segment Sergeant Graham Kavanagh was in studio to provide the public with personal safety advice for the coming summer months.
Graham highlighted the importance of being Streetwise when it came to spending time outside this summer. He reminded the public that with the country opening up there may be increased opportunity for thefts, assaults and public order offences to take place. He explained that with outdoor dining there would be increased potential for phone and handbag theft to occur and outlined the steps you can take in order to ensure your safety in this regard.
Sergeant Kavanagh spoke about Operation Soteria, the new anti-assault strategy being implemented by AGS. This operation involves conducting high visibility patrols, proactive policing of hot spot locations and engagement with retailers and publicans.
Sergeant Kavanagh explained how AGS have been liaising closely with public transport companies over the last twelve months on anti-social prevention measures.
Finally Sergeant Kavanagh outlined the ‘Use Your Brains Not Your Fist’ campaign being promoted by AGS in order to dissuade people from getting involved in physical altercations this summer.
Gardaí at Kevin Street Garda Station are investigating an Aggravated Burglary that occurred at Ardee Street, Dublin 8, on the 19 February 2021 at around 6pm.
During the incident several knocks were received to the door of the premises. On opening the door a firearm was produced and pointed at the female victim. A demand was made for cash and the victim was made lie on the floor. A sum of cash was taken and the suspect left in the direction of St. Lukes Avenue. Gardaí believe that the suspect arrive to the scene from the same direction.
The suspect is described as being around 5’8’’ in height, with a thin build, pale blue eyes and discoloured / stained teeth.
He spoke with a Dublin accent and was wearing a grey beanie hat, baggy black jacket, blue jeans and black runners.
Gardaí at Kevin Street Garda Station, tel: (01) 666 9400
Gardaí at Coolock Garda Station are investigating an attempted hijacking of a car on Saturday 15 May 2021 (7.30am) at Barry’s Court Road, Coolock, Dublin 17. The female victim was stopped by two males who she believed to be plain clothes Gardaí. One suspect was standing in the middle of the road while the second was standing beside a silver Hyundai i40 at what the victim believed to be a Garda check point.
During the incident one of the suspects directed the victim by means of hand signals to stop her car. As she rolled down her window an attempt was made to take the keys from the ignition by leaning in through the driver’s window. As the victim tried to flee the scene she received scratches to her cheek and neck.
Description of suspect 1:
Age; late 30’s to early 40’s
Bald/balding, with no facial hair
Wearing a grey coloured jumper, navy or dark trousers, dark coloured shoes or boots
What appeared to be a navy gilet or similar styled item of clothing which is described as appearing to be an official Garda stab vest.
No Garda signage or uniform was observed during this incident.
Gardaí at Coolock Garda Station, tel: (01) 666 4200
The Gardaí at Monaghan Garda Station are investigating a fatal hit and run collision that occurred on the 26 June 2011.
In the early hours of Sunday the 26th of June 2011 Fintan Traynor, who was just twenty years old, was killed when a car struck him as he walked home to Lemgare Road, Co. Monaghan. This road links the village of Clontibret and Annyalla with Derrynoose and Keady, Co. Armagh.
Fintan had attended a family reunion on Saturday the 25th of June with family members from Australia who returned for a four week holiday. Fintan and his cousin Ciaran travelled to Castleblayney where they met up with more friends and continued to socialise in the town. Just before 2am Fintan and his cousin Ciaran were walking along the main street in Castleblayney and stopped to talk to a cab driver who gave them a lift home to their uncle’s house in Annayalla where Ciaran was staying. They said goodnight and Fintan left to walk the 3 kilometres to his own home. This would have taken just thirty minutes. About one kilometre up the road, a neighbours CCTV camera shows a figure passing at 2.41am.
Early on the Sunday morning, Fintan’s uncle who had travelled from Australia took an early morning walk with his wife down the quiet country road towards Lemgare Road. They came across the body of Fintan lying on the road. He had been struck by a car.
Appeal: • Gardaí appealed to the owner/driver of the offending vehicle which is now known to be an Audi A4 to come forward.
- Gardaí appealed to the driver of the car which travelled from Tasson (Murphys Cross) towards Lemgare at 3.31a.m on 26 June 2011 to come forward.
- Gardaí appealed to garages and vehicle repair workshops/suppliers of car parts on both sides of the border to come forward and assist in the investigation.
- Gardaí appealed to any other persons who were socialising in the area at this time or who travelled through this area on the morning of the 26th June to come forward.
- The road where the collision occurred is not widely used by the public and Gardaí believe that there may be some people locally who might have valuable information and have not yet come forward. They may have noticed a car of this description which was damaged or some person whose behaviour may have may changed. The person involved may have confided to some close friend or family member about the accident.
Gardaí at Monaghan Garda Station, tel: 04777200
At approximately 9pm on 13 June 2021 Gardaí were notified of a serious Road Traffic Collision at the Junction of Sheriff Street Upper and East Road/ New Wapping Street, Dublin 1 involving a vehicle and a pedal cyclist. The vehicle involved failed to remain at the scene. Gardaí and members of the Dublin Fire Brigade including Paramedics responded to the Road Traffic Collision.
The male pedal cyclist was removed from the scene by Paramedics and was conveyed by ambulance to the Mater Hospital and then to Beaumount Hospital for the serious nature of his head injuries.
In the immediate aftermath of the collision, on the night of Sunday 13 June 2021, a black Seat Cordoba, registration 03WH1159 was located on Guild Street, Dublin 1 with significant damage to the windscreen and roof. It has since been established this vehicle was abandoned at Guild Street, Dublin 1 following the collision. It is the belief of the investigation team that this vehicle was the vehicle directly involved in the collision. This car travelled straight down Sheriff Street Upper following the collision and turned left onto Guild Street at the junction with Spencer Dock and Seville Place, where it was parked up and was abandoned outside the Swan Centre.
- Any witnesses to the collision at the junction of Sheriff Street Upper/ East Road/ New Wapping Street, Dublin 1
- Any witnesses to the Seat Cordoba 03WH1159 being parked up at Guild Street or any witness who may have observed any person(s) alighting from the vehicle.
- An appeal to any person who may have seen this vehicle on the night of Sunday 13 June 2021 preceding or following the collisio
- Investigation Gardaí would also appeal to the occupants of the Seat Cordoba at the time of the collision to come forward and contact them.
Gardaí at Store Street Garda Station, tel:(01) 666 8002
Gardaí at Pearse Street Garda Station renewed their appeal to the public in tracing the whereabouts of Trevor Deely who was last captured on CCTV passing the Bank of Ireland ATM machine on Haddington Road, at approximately 4.14 a.m. on the 8 December 2000.
On the 8th December, 2000, following his Christmas party, Trevor called to his place of work to collect an umbrella for his journey home.
CCTV footage from the last sightings of Trevor Deely has been digitally enhanced. The CCTV footage captures a male dressed in black outside the rear entrance of Bank of Ireland, Asset Management Offices on Wilton Terrace, Dublin 2 between 3am and 3.34am, prior to Trevor Deely arriving.
At 3.34am, moments before Trevor approaches his place of work this male steps out onto the footpath and follows Trevor Deely to the back gate of Bank of Ireland, Asset Management before conversing with him at 3.35am.
Trevor was last captured on CCTV passing the Bank of Ireland ATM machine on Haddington Road at approximately 4.14.21am on the 8 December 2000.
Gardaí believe that the male acting suspiciously outside of Trevor’s place of work is the same male that is seen passing the Bank of Ireland ATM on Haddington Road at 4.14.55am, 34 seconds after Trevor Deely that morning.
The Investigation Team at Pearse Street Garda Station have continued to investigate Trevor’s disappearance and make the following appeal:
- Last December marked twenty years since the disappearance of Trevor.
- The depth of the loss endured by the Deely family is as raw today as it was in December 2000. There has been no reprieve or sense of peace for the family.
- The last confirmed sighting of Trevor was at 4.14am on the 8 December 2000. He was captured on CCTV footage on Haddington Road at this time. Also captured on this footage is an unknown male. This footage has been widely circulated since 2017, yet we have been unable to establish the identity of the male in the footage who appears to wait at the gates of the Bank of Ireland, Asset Management Offices on Wilton Terrace, Dublin 2 - Trevor’s place of work – for in excess of 34mins.
- This area of Dublin 2, particularly around the canal is an area where people would have socialised in 2000. Trevor’s disappearance was so well documented in 2000 that there is no doubt that people frequenting this area at that time would have been aware of this case.
- Gardaí are appealing to people who were around the canal area that night to come forward and make contact. Gardaí know that people were on the canal and in that general area on the 7th/8th of December who have declined to speak with the investigation team. For whatever reason they chose not to engage with the investigation in 2000 so we are appealing for them to make contact now.
- All persons that come forward will be dealt with sensitively. There is no blame or shame for not coming forward sooner. Gardaí believe that the key to discovering what happened to Trevor lies in information held by people who socialised in that area. No matter how insignificant they may feel their information is – it could be the detail that we are seeking.
- Crimestoppers have pledged an award of €100,000 for information which significantly assists the investigation into the disappearance of Trevor Deely.
Gardaí at Pearse Street Garda Station, tel: (01) 666 9000
The Gardaí at Ballina, Co. Mayo are appealing for information in relation to missing person Alin-Stefan Hiemesch. Alin is a Romanian National aged 31 years, who has previously resided at Kill, Co. Kildare and Clondalkin Co. Dublin. He moved to Ballina on the 15 December 2020 where he was staying with friends at Barrett Street in the town. Alin worked part-time as a mechanic at a garage in Crossmolina, Co. Mayo.
Last Known Movements:
- Monday, 1 March 2021 - Alin left his apartment on Barrett Street at 3pm and has not been seen by his friends to date.
- Tuesday, 2 March - it is known that Alin briefly returned to his apartment, leaving it again at approximately 1.30pm. Later that day shortly after 2.20pm, Alin is captured on CCTV on Bury Street, Ballina while walking towards the ‘font junction’. Then shortly before 2.50pm he made a call from his mobile phone to a local person. (His phone has not been used since and is not currently operational).
- Investigations to date have failed to identify Alin leaving Ballina by either bus or train.
- Extensive searches have been conducted in Ballina on land and water with Gardaí being assisted by local people, the Garda Water Unit, Gráinne Úaile Sub Aqua Club and by River Moy Search and Rescue, Ballina.
- Gardaí have visited addresses that Alin frequented in the Clondalkin area of Dublin. Investigations in Clondalkin and searches in the Ballina area have failed to provide evidence as to Alin’s location. Gardaí and Alin’s family fear for his well-being and safety.
- Aged 31 years
- Approximately 5'10"
- Approximately 14st in weight
- Short, black hair
- Grey hooded jacket
- Black slim track pants
- Black runners
- Purple and blue horizontally stripped woollen hat with a notable red bobble on top
- Distinctive black and white face covering
- Black laptop case
Do you know where or with whom Alin stayed on the night of Monday the 1 March 2021?
- Did you or anyone you know give Alin a lift out of Ballina on the 2 March 2021 or on subsequent dates?
- Has Alin made contact with you or are you aware of anyone he may have spoken to in recent weeks?
- Do you have information as to Alin’s whereabouts at this time?
- If Alin is watching he is asked to contact a family member, friend or An Garda Síochána and let them know that he is safe and well.
Gardaí at Ballina Garda Station, tel: (096) 20560
Gardaí at Salthill Garda Station are investigating the disappearance of thirty-three year old Barbara Walsh from Rusheenamanagh, Carna, Co. Galway who is missing from her home since 22 June 1985.
Barbara was married and was a mother to six children. She was at home in Carna, with her husband and six young children, ranging in age from 16 years old to just 7 months. There was a small gathering of family and friends in the house and the last sighing of Barbara was in the early hours of the 22 June 1985.
She was never seen or heard from again. An extensive Garda Investigation was launched and remains live and active.
Barbara’s family appealed for information in relation to their Mother’s disappearance after thirty years.
- Subsequent AGS Investigations have confirmed that Barbara did not emigrate to Australia and a reported sighting of a woman out walking near Carna in the early hours of Sat 22 June 1985 was not Barbara.
- An Garda Síochána in Galway will continue to investigate the circumstances surrounding Barbara’s disappearance.
- Carna is a close-knit Gaeltacht community and AGS believe there are people in that community who may have information that can help the investigation.
- AGS are hopeful that with that passage of time, people may feel more comfortable sharing whatever information they may have.
- AGS appealed to the Carna community, and to those who may have lived locally at the time, who may know something - no matter what that information might be, and no matter how small - to please make contact with Gardaí.
- Do you have information that may assist the investigation? AGS would like to reassure the public that any people who come forward will be treated with care.
Gardaí Salthill Garda Station, tel: (091) 514 720
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 25 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 being 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 have made previous appeals for information on Gerard’s disappearance on Crimecall.
- The last confirmed sighting of Gerarad was at Kellystown Road Rathfarnham, Dublin on the 25/5/2019 at 11.06am, walking in the direction of Stackstown/Ticknock area. Gardaí appealed to anyone who was in the area at this time to please come forward with any information they may have.
- Gardaí also appealed to anyone who frequents the Ticknock area including hillwalkers, cyclists, dog walkers, and any motorists who may have dashcam footage.
- Civil defence / Dublin mountain rescue continue to offer valuable assistance and expertise to continue the searches which may involve the use of drones in the Ticknock area.
Gardaí at Dundrum Garda Station, tel: (01) 666 5600
The Gardaí at Ballina are investigating the murder of twenty eight year old Sandra Collins who went missing on Monday the 4 December 2000 from the small village of Killala, Co. Mayo. She had lived in the village with her Aunt who she looked after for a number of years. Sandra left her Aunt's house at Courthouse Street, Killala on the Monday evening at 7.30 pm.
At 7.45pm she arrived at a local shop where she bought some groceries for her Aunt and a neighbour. She was last seen at the local takeaway at around 11:15pm that night. Four days later on the 8th December 2000 her fleece was found on the pier in Killala. A half-pound of sausages that Sandra bought in the shop earlier where still in the pocket of the fleece.
Sandra’s brother Patrick made an appeal earlier in the year for information to help the family find Sandra’s remains, and allow them to bury their sister.
Chief Superintendent Tony Healy was also in studio to explain the impact of such a case on a small community like Kilalla. He made the following appeal:
- We would like to thank the public for their assistance to date. However despite an extensive investigation both Sandra’s family and An Garda Síochána are still hoping that you can you provide the investigation with any information that may assist the team?
- Do you have information on the whereabouts of Sandra’s remains? Can you take us from that last sighting of Sandra at the local chipper in Kilala to where her remains are now?
- The investigation continues as it has done for the last 20 years. An Garda Síochána is committed to seeking justice for Sandra and the Collins family. We may or may not have spoken to you previously, either way it’s never too late to assist the investigation. Perhaps you have information you thought was insignificant at the time, or it could be that after 20 years your circumstances have changed. We would like to assure you that you will be treated in a respectful, compassionate and sensitive manner.
- There is a Crime stoppers reward for significant information (1800 250 025).
- Sandra’s family have been grieving her loss for 20 years now. It is possible that information you have may help progress this investigation and help give the Collins’ family some closure as they approach another Christmas without her. It’s never too late to do the right thing and give Sandra’s family what they deserve.
Gardaí Ballina Garda Station, tel: (090) 663 8300
The Gardaí at Tallaght Garda Station are investigating the murder of Stephen Lynch, which occurred at Brookview Close, Tallaght, Dublin 24 on Thursday 13 April 2017.
Stephen Lynch got a lift from a friend to Brookview Close, where he got out of his friends vehicle. He walked up to a silver Ford Focus hatchback and engaged in a conversation with the three people that were sitting in the car, through the front passenger window. There was some shouting heard and then the Ford Focus proceeded to drive over Stephen. Stephen died from his injuries at the scene.
The occupants of the Ford Focus got out of the car, abandoned it, and ran from the scene. This vehicle was recovered by Gardaí and has been preserved. One of the suspects ran down Brookview Close onto Brookview Park and towards Brookdfield Road. This suspect was not seen after this. The other two suspects took a left turn off Brookview Close and headed towards Brookview Avenue. They were then chased by some of the residents of Brookview Close. One of these suspects was tripped up by a resident. This suspect fell and cut his hand but got up and continued running onto Brookview Avenue.
There is currently a Crimestoppers Appeal seeking information.
Descriptions of Suspects
One of the suspects involved is described as being a tanned male, approximately 5ft 8 inches, think with black hair and wearing a green or navy rain jacket.
A second suspect is described as being very thin with a gaunt face, dark brown hair and wearing a red Bubble jacket.
- This is a live investigation and while some progress has been (including a number of arrests) more evidence is required to bring the suspects to justice.
- Gardaí made a direct appeal to the people involved, or to those who know the people involved in Stephen’s murder.
- It may be the case that 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.
- Investigators reassured the public that people who do wish to come forward will be treated sensitively.
Gardaí at Tallaght Garda Station, tel: 01-6666000
On this month’s Traffic segment Garda Adrian Corcoran was in studio to talk about staycations, summer traffic and the correct procedure for checking and ensuring the safety of your vehicle before travelling on your holiday.
Garda Corcoran talked about the importance of carrying out a thorough check on your vehicle before undertaking any long trips. He also gave advice on the correct procedure when attaching and towing a caravan.
He spoke about driver fatigue and offered tips on how to avoid getting tired at the wheel. He reminded viewers that it is estimated that driver fatigue is a contributory factor in as many as 1 in 5 driver deaths in Ireland each year.
It’s anticipated that roads around beaches, beauty spots, walking trails and tourist attractions will be extremely busy this summer. Garda Corcoran asked people when visiting the above mentioned areas to please park their vehicle legally and responsibly. There have been a number of incidents recently where emergency vehicles were hampered as they attended people in need because of illegally parked cars.
Finally Garda Corcoran provided figures on road collisions for this period last year. This time last year from 22 June to 28 September there were 41 Fatal Collisions and 320 Serious Injury Collisions. 8 of those fatalities were motorcyclists.
Garda Corcoran appealed to the public to stay safe and enjoy the summer and thanked them for their continued support in making the roads a safer place for all.