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2022

    Gardaí in Roscommon are investigating an Aggravated Burglary that occurred on 22 August 2022 in Ballintubber just outside Castlerea Co. Roscommon. 

    On the date in question at approximately 12.15am, four masked men forced their way into the rear of a residence which is attached to a shop. 

    At the time of the burglary an elderly mother and her two sons were on the premises. 

    After gaining entry, one of the suspects struck a male resident with a large screwdriver which was approximately two feet long. 

    Following the assault both male occupants had their hands tied and all three victims were brought to the same room. The house and shop were then ransacked with the suspects staying on the premises for up to 45 mins before leaving. Money, cigarettes and commemoration coins were taken during the burglary. 

    The victims were violently and aggressively treated during the burglary and were left tied up in a locked room by the suspects. The victims however managed to free themselves and raise the alarm. One of the sons received injuries that required treatment at a local hospital. 

    Descriptions

    • Dark clothes with balaclavas
    • Dark blue gloves
    • Light blue plastic gloves.
    • (3)males were around 5ft 10ins/ 4th male slightly shorter
    • Thought to be driving a silver saloon car 

    Appeal

    • The coins taken during the burglary were very unique items. They may have been offered to members of the public or maybe people have come across them since the date of the burglary.
    • Were you in the area at the time of the incident, Sunday night 21 August 2022 from 10.30pm until Monday morning at 1.30am on 22 August 2022.
    • Did you see anything unusual or anyone acting suspiciously? Gardaí would like you to come forward with any information you may have.
    • Do you have useful dash cam footage?
    • Do you know who may now possess the coins, jewellery or cigarettes or have you been offered them for sale since 22 August? 

    Gardaí at Roscommon Garda Station investigating: (090) 663 8300

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    Gardaí at Buncrana Garda Station are investigating an aggravated burglary at a private residence that occurred at Meenaharnish, Ballymagan, Buncrana, Co. Donegal between 4am and 6am on Saturday 11 December 2021. 

    On the date in question two women were at home where they sat up talking until approximately 1.40am.  They both went to their own rooms and one stayed awake until 3am. 

    A car was seen approaching from nearby CCTV at approximately 4am and it stayed there until approximately 6am. 

    A downstairs rear window was damaged and two suspects entered the house.  They went straight to the bedroom of one of the victims.  The first suspect was holding a metal bar and was not masked.  The second suspect was wearing a blue disposable mask.  The first suspect took the victim by the arm, out of her bed to the living room, where he asked her for money. Both suspects searched the living room before the first suspect went upstairs and brought down the second victim.  

    Both victims were then brought into a bedroom by both suspects. The second suspect stayed with them while the first suspect searched the house.  A car drove past the house with headlights on two occasions. The second suspect called out the time shortly before 6am and both men left.  

    Items Taken during the course of the Aggravated Burglary

    1)      Silver locket pendant

    2)      Solid gold rope chain

    3)      Heart shaped gold locket on a gold chain – locket opens nothing inside

    4)      Gold ring with a single red stone in the middle

    5)      A gold sovereign ring

    6)      White iphone 12 with Apple mag safe protection case (clear)

    Description of Suspects: 

    Suspect 1:       Mid 30’s, average height/build, with a Derry / Border Accent.  Brown/reddish brown facial hair (not ginger) and pale skin.

                              He wore dark ‘Under Armour’ brand tracksuit bottoms, dark hoodie with the hood up, dark gloves. No mask.  

    Suspect 2:        Early 20’s, hair colour unknown.  He was of average height / build with a Derry / Border accent. 

                               He wore black Nike shoes with 3D lines across the top, a long black knee length puffer coat down to his knees, a blue disposable face mask and blue gloves. 

    Garda Appeal 

    • Were you travelling in the Meenaharnish, Carnbrea, Quigley’s point, through Muff/Derry Border area on the 11 December 2021 anytime between 5.30 to 6.30am? 
    • Have you dash cam footage which may assist in the investigation? 
    • Did you notice a black 2006-2011 model Volkswagen Passat on your journey? 
    • Do you have any information in relation to the movements of this vehicle? 
    • Have you any information in relation to the suspects’ involved in this crime or that may assist the investigation? 
    • Do you know the whereabouts or have any information in relation to the stolen property taken, that might assist the investigation? 
    • While understandably this crime has caused great concern amongst the public, particularly the older generation, Gardaí wish to reassure the local community that this crime is uncommon and that they are pursuing some positive lines of enquiry. 
    • Gardaí would like to thank those who have already come forward and assisted with the investigation. 

    Gardaí at Buncrana Garda Station investigating tel: (074) 932 0540

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    Gardaí at Kilkenny are investigating an Aggravated Burglary that occurred at the Golf Links Road, Kilkenny between 9.30pm and 10:30 pm on the 20 November 2021. 

    The injured party was home alone, at approximately 9:30pm there was a knock at the door. When he answered there were two men waiting outside. He asked them what they wanted and the suspects proceeded to injure the injured party and demanded access to a car that was in his garage. 

    When they couldn’t get into the garage one of the suspects used the injured party’s van to ram the garage door. When he got inside he searched the car believing that there was something of value hidden inside. The second suspect remained with the injured party. 

    Nothing of value was found in the car at the garage. The suspects again caused injury to the   injured party in an attempt to withdraw information from him. They eventually left in the injured parties Red Citroen Berlingo van. This van was abandoned by the suspects 1.5miles away on the N10, Hebron Road, Kilkenny. 

    Because of the seriousness of his injuries the injured party was not able to raise the alarm until the next morning when an expected visitor arrived at the house. 

    Description of Suspect 1:

    • Height - 5 5”
    • Accent - Kilkenny / Carlow
    • Age – 25 / 30 years
    • Eyes – brown
    • Dark clothing 

    Description of Suspect 2:

    • Height – 5 10”
    • Accent - Kilkenny / Carlow
    • Age – 30 years
    • Eyes – brown
    • Dark clothing 

     Garda Appeal

    • Did you travel along the Golf Links Road, Kilkenny area between 9pm and 11pm on the 20/11/21?
    • If you did travel on the Golf Links road do you have dash cam footage?
    • Were you in the vicinity of the link road that leads to the motorway? Did you see the red Citroen Berlingo van being abandoned?
    • Do you have any information in relation to the suspects or their identity? Did you notice any odd or out of character behaviour the following day or do you know of someone who is unable to account for their movements? It may be that the nature of this incident has been a talking point amongst those suspected of being involved? 

    Gardaí at Kilkenny Garda Station, Investigating tel: (056) 777 5000

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    Gardaí at Portlaoise Garda Station are investigating an aggravated burglary at a private residence that occurred at Aghnaharna Estate, Portlaoise at approximately 8pm on 7 March 2022. 

    On the date in question, three sisters were in the house when a male called to the house asking if they had ordered pizza. After being told they hadn’t, the male left and the door was closed. A few moments later, the male reappeared with two other male suspects and entered the house through the front door. Two of the males went upstairs to the sisters who were in their bedrooms.  One of the suspects was carrying a screwdriver.  The upstairs of the house was searched and a sum of money was found and taken.  The third male went into a downstairs room where the third sister was present. On seeing the suspect, she let out a scream and the man ran out of the house.  The two other men quickly followed and ran from upstairs. 

    It is thought, the three suspects entered a dark coloured, Opel Zafira and left the estate.  

    Description of Suspects: 

    All three suspects were described as the following: 

    • Aged in their 20’s
    • Average height
    • Slim build
    • Dressed all in black
    • Possible Eastern European accent 

    Garda Appeal 

    • - Where you in the Aghnaharna Estate, Portlaoise on the 7th March 2022 between 7.30 and 8.30pm
    • - Did you see three men dressed in dark coloured clothing in the area.
    • - Did you hear anyone in the estate around this time that may have been speaking with an Eastern European accent?
    • - Did you notice a dark coloured Opel Zafira, parked up in the estate.
    • - Where you travelling outbound towards Portlaoise on the Southern Circular Road, known locally as Timahoe Road, Stradbally Road or Dublin Road? Did you notice the suspect dark coloured Opel Zafira or do you have dash cam footage that may assist the investigation?
    • - Do you live in the area and did you have person(s) calling on the pretence of delivering pizza? 

    Portlaoise Garda Station investigating. Tel: 057-8674100

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    Gardaí at Clontarf Garda Station are investigating an aggravated burglary at a private residence that occurred at Collinswood Estate, Dublin 9 at approximately 7.30pm on Sunday 5 December 2021.

    On the date in question, a man returned home with his children after a weekend away. He entered the house alone and immediately heard a noise upstairs. He proceeded upstairs and approached his bedroom, he saw a man there and that the room had been ransacked. The injured party was then approached by the man holding a screwdriver, who then threatened to stab him.  

    The injured party left the house ordering the male to leave. He went and stood by his car looking at the front door but nobody exited. He then heard his side gate opening and banging against the wall. The same man who had been upstairs in the house, exited and walked passed the injured party, again threatening him.  The suspect continued out the driveway and up the road. Another male then exited, limping and calling out to the first male who he called “Conor” and requested help as he suspected he had broken his leg. The first suspect came back and helped the injured man. 

    The two males walked up the road, discarded the screwdriver and entered into a navy blue BMW X1. The injured man was helped into the car by another male, the driver of the BMW.  The BMW then drove off out of Collinswood Estate, turning right in the direction of Whitehall. 

    Items Taken during the course of the Aggravated Burglary 

    • 1 gold man’s watch
    • Gold necklace
    • Silver and gold Citizen watch with name, date of birth and mam and dad inscribed on the back
    • Silver bracelet 

    Description of Suspects: 

    Suspect 1:

    The first suspect is described as being in his early 20s, 5’10’’, average build. He wore dark clothing with his hood up. He wore a snood and had a black mask and gloves. He carried a screwdriver with orange, yellow and black handle, in his right hand.  He spoke with a Dublin accent.

    Suspect 2:       

    The second suspect is described as early 20s, approximately 5’10’’, average build, wearing dark clothing with his hood up. He had a black mask and gloves and spoke with a Dublin accent. 

    Suspect 3:        

    The third suspect is described as 6 ft. He wore dark clothing. 

    Garda Appeal 

    • - Were you in the Collinswood Estate, Dublin on Sunday 5th December between 7 and 7.35pm. 
    • - Did you see a navy Blue BMW X1 series, arriving, driving or parked up in the estate?
    • - On leaving Collinswood Estate, this vehicle turned right onto Collins Avenue, in the direction of Whitehall, do you know where it went from here?  
    • - Did you see any of the three suspects?
    • - Do you recognise the man on the CCTV footage?
    • - Do you recognise the voice of the man on the footage?
    • - Do you have any information on a male who suffered an unexplained leg injury on or around Sunday 5 December 2021?
    • - Anyone with any information in relation to this incident please contact Gardai. 

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

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    Gardaí at Ronanstown Garda Station are re-appealing for information in relation to missing person Esra Uyrun DOB: 01/03/1972 who has been missing from her home at Collinstown Grove, Clondalkin since the 23 February 2011. This year is the 11th Anniversary of her disappearance. 

    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. Esra was married and had a two-year-old son at the time of her disappearance. She was 38 years old.

    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.

    Description:

    Esra is described as being 5ft 3inches in height, of normal build with dark green/hazel eyes and sandy blonde highlighted hair. She has a sallow complexion. On the day Esra went missing she was wearing black leggings, a dark top, light brown boots and a green or denim jacket.

    Appeal:

    Despite a number of reported sightings, Esra still remains a missing person and the investigation remains open. Gardaí at Ronanstown are appealing for anyone with any information whatsoever to come forward. 

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

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    Gardaí at Tullamore Garda Station are investigating an incident of arson which occurred on the 27 November 2022.  At 7:15am approximately Gardaí received a report of two sheds on fire at Clonmore, Clonbulloge, Co Offaly.  On examination of the scene, it was established that the fire was intentionally started. There was extensive damage to the machinery shed which included a combine harvester, two balers, grazing machine and seed drill.  The shed itself and the machines were extensively damaged.

    The second shed a milking parlour with an office failed to ignite. However, one of the milking machines stored there was extensively damaged. It is believed this damage was caused by somebody filling the interior of each piece of machinery with straw and igniting them.  The total value of the damage caused is approximately €300,000 to €400,000. 

    Garda Appeal

    • - Were you at the Bracknagh Road into Clonbullogue, on the 27 November 2021, between 4:30am and 7am? Did you see a car in the area or notice any suspicious activity between these times.
    • - Gardaí believe that people in the community have vital information in relation to this arson investigation and are appealing for them to come forward.
    • - Did you see anything in the days or weeks leading up to this incident that may assist with the investigation.

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    The Gardaí at Coolock Garda Station are Investigating the attempted murder of Violet Quigley at her home, at Donaghmede Park, Donaghmede, on the 7 April 2011.

    On the evening in question, just after 11:45 pm Violet was in bed in her home when she was awoken by a noise.  When she looked up she saw a man standing in her bedroom. During the incident Violet became the victim of a serious assault and received life threatening injuries.

    Description of male suspect:

    • wearing a hoody, which had black and white squares on it, with what appeared to be writing in the squares 
    • The hood was up
    • Possibly wearing black jeans
    • Slim build
    • Carrying a silver hammer

    The suspect fled and Violet managed to make it to the front bedroom of her house and alerted neighbours who came to her assistance and contacted Gardaí. There was no sign of forced entry to her home. 

    Garda Appeal: 

    • When this incident occurred 11 years ago, it received a considerable amount of media attention at the time and since. Unfortunately, the investigation continues as the case remains unsolved. Due to its serious nature, we continue to appeal to anyone who was in the Donaghmede Park Area on the night of 7 April 2011 into the early hours of the 8 April 2011. Did you see suspicious activity? We are also particularly appealing to anyone who for whatever reason did not come forward with information previously, to do so now.
    • We believe the suspect may have had a large amount of blood stains on his clothing. Did you see anyone at the time in the Donaghmede area after this incident or anywhere else perhaps making his way home with their clothing stained?
    • Do you have information in relation to this serious crime, if you do Gardaí are urging you to contact them and do the right thing. Indeed there may now be individuals that have information and due to the passage of time, loyalties or relationships may have changed and you may feel that you are may now be better placed to do what is right and assist Violet and the investigation.

    Coolock Garda Station, investigating: 01 6664200

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    Gardaí at Kevin Street Garda Station are investigating an attempted robbery that occurred at a Betting Shop in Dublin 8 at 8:50pm on Wednesday 3 November 2021.  On the night in question, a male was seen exiting Engine alley on a bicycle onto Meath Street in the direction of Thomas Street. He was carrying a bottle filled with a clear flammable substance, which was resting on the handle bars of the bicycle. The man dismounted the bike, turned it around and parked it against the shop front, facing away from the Thomas Street direction. He then entered the Betting shop produced a knife and verbally threatened members of staff and sprayed the liquid at one of the staff members. He left without taking anything, heading from Meath Street towards Engine Alley, on foot, leaving the bicycle behind.  

    Shortly after a male emerged from Engine Alley onto Meath Street and approached the betting shop. This male was wearing the same tracksuit bottoms but a different jacket.  The jacket is two toned red in colour and Northface brand.  He retrieved the bike and left, in the direction of Engine Alley. 

    Suspect description: 

    The male is described as 6 ft, in his twenties, medium/stocky build.  He was wearing a grey hoodie, grey tracksuit bottoms with a distinctive reflective strip and black runners with white soles.  

    The bike Is described as a dark, hybrid, straight but short handlebars, with the L-bar at each end, similar to a courier cycle 

    Appeal Points 

    • Were you in the Meath Street and Thomas Street area between 8pm and 9.30pm on 3 November 2021? 
    • Did you see a man wearing a red North Face rain jacket and grey tracksuit bottoms?  These tracksuit bottoms have a very distinctive reflective strip. 
    • Did you see or do you know of anyone who may have obtained a small quantity of fuel around the time of this crime? In particular any filling station staff members that may remember a person matching this description that obtained a small quantity of fuel on that date? 
    • Were you in the area at the time of this attempted robbery or If you can assist the investigation in any way Garda would like to hear from you? 

                                    Gardaí at Kevin Street Garda Station investigating tel: 016669400

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    Gardaí at Trim, Co. Meath are investigating a burglary that occurred in the area of Rathmolyon on 30 November 2021. The injured party was at home at approximately 12:20pm when a male claiming to be a Detective called to his house stating that he found money nearby and he asked to inspect the injured party’s money to compare it. The male then coaxed his way into the victim’s house. As this male was looking around the injured party’s living area, a local volunteer arrived at the house in his car. Upon seeing this, the suspect immediately walked out without actually getting any property. The volunteer noticed a light coloured saloon car pulled into a layby nearby and the suspect made his way to the car and made good his escape in the direction of Rathmolyon village. 

    Appeal 

    • Have you seen the suspect car,(described below), which is believed to have left and passed through Rathmolyon village in the direction of Summerhill, Co Meath at approximately 12:30pm on 30/11/2021?
    • Did you have any suspicious callers on the date in question either to your private residence or business premises?
    • There were at least three suspects in this car. Do you recall seeing the suspect car and its occupants?
    • Do you know who might be using such a car?

    Description of Car:

    • Light coloured saloon car
    • 00 to 09 age range
    • WH or WW Reg plates
    • Possibly a Toyota Corolla or Nissan Almera

    Description of suspect: male, mid 40’s to early 50’s, medium/stocky build with an Irish accent.  He was wearing a dark peak cap and had a blue facemask. 

    Gardaí at Trim Garda Station investigating:  046-9481540

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    Gardaí at Ennis Garda Station are investigating a burglary which occurred on 16 April 2022 which was Easter Saturday morning at the CEX Entertainment Shop on O’Connell Street in Ennis. A male entered the shop via the roof. He proceeded to take multiple items out of their packaging and placed them in his backpack. He then left the store, via the roof with approximately €40,000 worth of merchandise. 

    Description of Suspect: 

    • Late 20’s - Early 30’s
    • 5’8’’ - 5’11”
    • Athletic build
    • Dark hair
    • Baseball cap
    • Black bag (Distinctive stripes) 

    Garda Appeal:

    • Anyone walking / socialising at O’Connell Street on Good Friday night, 15 April into Saturday 16 April 2022, between 11:30pm and midnight that may have seen a male carrying a black back pack with two markings.
    • Were you driving along O’Connell Street at the time? Do you have dashcam footage, or do you recall seeing the male suspect?
    • Were you on Cookes Lane on that night, did you see the male matching this description?
    • Were you walking or parked up on Friars Walk, Station Road or Clon Road on 16th April, between 1am and 2am and did you see a male matching this description?
    • Approximately €40,000 worth of items were taken, which included phones, games consoles, tablets, watches, earbuds and headphones. Any person or business that has been offered these type of products under dubious circumstances should please come forward. 

    Gardaí at Ennis Garda Station, Investigating. Tel: 065-6848100

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    Gardaí at Mountjoy Garda Station are investigating a burglary at a public house at Dorset Street on Monday 27 December 2021 at approximately 10.30am. 

    A male on a black folding bicycle, approaches the public house from the Dominick Street end of Dorset Street and turns onto Wellington Street Lower.  He stays in the vicinity of the pub before he enters the premises through a window.  While inside, the male locates a quantity of money together with a charity bucket.  He puts the money in a plastic bag and then leaves. 

    The male departs on his bicycle from Wellington Street out onto Dorset Street Upper.  He then crossed the road and travelled in the direction of the City Centre, via North Fredrick Street.     

    Description of Suspect 

    The suspect is described as approximately 5'10" – 6', slim build with a slim face.  He was wearing a black hoodie with the hood up, a grey hat, black tracksuit bottoms and black runners along with white socks.  At times, the suspect was wearing a blue facemask.  He also had black gloves which he put on before he enters the pub and he was carrying a black hold all bag on his shoulder. 

    Items Taken during the course of the Burglary 

    • - A quantity of cash, majority of which was in coin 

    Appeal

    • Were you in the Dominic Street, Frederick Street or Dorset Street vicinity on the 27 December 2021 between 10am and 10:30am 
    • Did you see this man en route or at these locations or do you know where he went from here? 
    • Can you identify this man who we know had a black folding bike and was wearing a black hoody with the hood up, black tracksuit bottoms and black runners along with white socks, black gloves and a blue mask and carrying a hold-all bag on his shoulder as seen on CCTV. 
    • There was a quantity of cash taken, a large portion of which was in coin.  Do you know anyone who had possession of an unusual amount of coin since 27 December 2021? 

    Gardaí at Mountjoy Garda Station investigating tel: 01-6668400

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    Gardaí at Ennis Garda Station are investigating two burglaries, the first of which occurred on 16 April 2022, which was Easter Saturday morning, at the CEX Entertainment Shop on O’Connell Street, Ennis, Co.Clare. A male entered the shop and proceeded to take multiple items from the stock aisle and place them in his backpack, and then left the store. 

    The second burglary occurred on 2 May 2022 which was Sunday night into bank holiday Monday, again at the CEX Entertainment Shop on O’Connell Street, Ennis.  On this occasion, the male also entered the shop and proceeded to take multiple items and place them in his backpack. 

    Gardaí at Bridewell Cork Garda Station are also investigating a burglary that occurred at CEX Entertainment on Grand Parade on 8 May 2022.  A male entered the shop and proceeded to take multiple items from the product aisle, and place them in his backpack.  

    Gardaí believe this male suspect is the same person. 

    Description of Suspect: 

    • Late 20’s - Early 30’s
    • 5’8’’ - 5’11”
    • Athletic build
    • Dark hair
    • Baseball cap
    • Black bag (Distinctive stripes) 

    Garda Appeal Ennis – 15/16 April

    • Anyone walking / socialising at O’Connell Street on Good Friday night, 15 April into Saturday 16th April 2022, between 11:30pm and midnight, that may have seen a male carrying a black back pack with two markings.
    • Were you driving along O’Connell Street at the time? Do you have dashcam footage, or do you recall seeing the male suspect?
    • Were you on Cookes Lane on the night of the 16th April, did you see the male matching this description?
    • Where you walking or parked up on Friars Walk, Station Road or Clon Road on 16th April, between 1am and 2am and did you see a male matching this description?

    Garda Appeal Ennis – 2 May

    • On the 2nd of May, were you in the Friars Walk, Station Road or Clon Road area between 12midnight and 1am? Did you see a man carrying a backpack with this double marking on it?

    Garda Appeal Cork – 8 May

    • O the 8 May, were you walking or driving in the Grand Parade, South Main St or Tuckey St area between 12:30 and 1:30am? Did you see this man?
    • Did you see a man with a distinctive walk in these areas?
    • Were you driving in any of these areas at the time and do you have dashcam footage? 

    General Appeal

    • In all three incidents, thousands of Euros worth of items were taken, which included phones, games consoles, tablets, watches, earbuds and headphones. Any person or business that has been offered these type of products under dubious circumstances should please come forward. 

    Gardaí in Ennis and Cork Bridewell Garda Stations, Investigating. Tel: 065-6848100 & 021-4943330

    Bogus Callers / Census April 3rd 2022

    On this month’s Crime Prevention segment Sergeant Kavanagh provided crime prevention advice in relation to bogus callers, as the programme features a number of bogus caller incidents from around the country.

    Sergeant Kavanagh also provided information around the Census Enumerators who will be calling at our homes shortly in advance of Census 2022 on Sunday 3 April 2022. 

    With regards to bogus callers we advise you to keep control, consider this security check:

    • Are you expecting callers? If not look out the window to see the caller(s), make a note of theirs or their vehicle’s description.
    • Have you a viewer fitted in your door? You are safer behind a closed door.
    • Have you a door chain / limiter fitted and the chain/ limiter on? If you must open the door, use the limiter. Consider installing a video doorbell which links to your mobile phone, that way you don’t have to open the door to speak to the caller.
    • If you are going to open your door to callers, ensure your back door is locked before you do.
    • If you are going to engage, ask for ID – a genuine caller won’t mind.
    • Don’t be embarrassed to tell the caller to write their contact details down for you so you can make an appointment with them when you are comfortable and have decided to do so.
    • Use recommended trades people, avoid using the services of cold callers.
    • The basic rule is if you don’t know the person at your door, you shouldn’t let them in.
    • If anxious contact your local Gardaí. 

    If you think you have become a victim to this type of crime what should you do? 

    • Never be embarrassed or ashamed to contact the Gardaí.  Do so immediately. 
    • Write down all you can remember about what happened to include descriptions of the persons, their clothing, any peculiarities or distinguishing features and any vehicles used by them.  Keep safely any documents they may have given you.
    • For those people who may have elderly or vulnerable neighbours or friends, be a good neighbour and advise them of these possible scams.  If you suspect that bogus callers or trades people are in your area and appear suspicious or are working in a vulnerable neighbour’s home – never hesitate in contacting the Gardaí immediately.  
    • Genuine trades’ people will not be offended by any enquiries the Gardaí may make and, indeed, usually welcome them.

    Ask your local Garda station about ‘bogus caller cards’ or download it from the Garda website. For people who feel particularly vulnerable these cards advise that the front door should not be open to cold callers. Apply the chain or door limiter and hand the caller the card, see below. Do not enter into a conversation with the caller.  As stated above genuine callers will leave their details on the card. 

    Sergeant Kavanagh advised that from 2 March 2022 until 6 May 2022 Census Enumerators will be calling to deliver and collect Census 2022 forms.   See below for information regarding the Census 2022. 

    About Census 2022

    The advice given above in relation to bogus callers is very important particularly as census enumerators will be calling to our homes shortly. Publicity around these callers will increase following the Crimecall programme. Whilst we should expect these enumerators to call to our homes we must still remain vigilant to bogus callers. The information below will assist you to identify genuine callers.

    • The Census is a detailed account of Ireland's population. The census will take place on Sunday, 3 April 2022. The Census provides vital information for planning public services such as health, education and housing and other essential services in our communities.
    • Over 5,000 census enumerators will deliver census forms to every home in Ireland beginning on 2nd March 2022.  They will continue to deliver forms right up to census date.
    • Everyone in Ireland in the country on census night must be included on a census form.
    • Census enumerators will wear a yellow high viz jacket with 'Census' on the front and 'Census Enumerator' on the back.  They will carry as Central Statistics Office satchel and will have an ID badge.  Please ask to see their ID when they call.
    • They have instructions to remain outside your home.
    • Census enumerators will return to every home after Census night to collect the completed Census forms. They will do this until 6th May 2022.
    • The Census is carried out by the Central Statistics office (CSO). As well as Census HQ staff, the CSO employ over 5,000 temporary field staff to help run the census. Your personal Information is secure and protected by law.  All who work on the census are Officers of Statistics which means that they are legally bound to protect your Information. 
    • Assistance and advice is available on the website www.census.ie
    • You can reach the census team at the helpline number 0818 2022 04 or email census2022@cso.ie or complete a query form on the website.
    • Preliminary census results will be released in June and the full set of Census results will be available from March/April of 2023. Census forms are securely stored for 100 years after which they will be made available to the public. There is a unique new feature on the Census forms in 2022 called a time capsule which is an area on the back of the census form where people can voluntarily write a message to the future.  This will not be seen until 2122.

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    On this month’s Crimecall, Sergeant Graham Kavanagh was in studio to discuss burglaries and what we can do to prevent them.  As we come into the summer months, Gardaí are also reminding people to be continually vigilant with the security of their homes. After a long period of trending downwards, we can see incidents of burglaries increasing. Homeowners, neighbourhoods and communities can prevent burglaries, through good habits, observance and reporting suspicious behaviour. One in four summer burglaries have seen the suspect(s) enter through an unlocked door or window. Remember Lock Up and Light Up. Make your home look occupied when you’re away. 

    The European Focus Day on Burglary Prevention is taking place on Wednesday 15 June 2022. We and our partner agencies in Europe use this day as a focus to share burglary prevention advice. You can always go to Crime Prevention on www.garda.ie for burglary prevention advice and if you are attending the Bloom in the Park festival over the June Bank Holiday weekend call over to see us if you have any home security questions. 

    Secure all doors and windows

    Why?

    Shut out crime! Unsecured entry points are more likely to be targeted in the summer 

    Remember to put away property after use

    Why?

    Make crime difficult! Unsecured valuable items such as tools and bicycles are attractive to criminals 

    Record details of valuables

    Why?

    Help us to help you! Recording details helps us to return recovered items to their rightful owners.

    Become a member of your local Neighbourhood Watch, Community Alert or Text Alert Scheme.  Contact your local Garda station for more details.

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    On this month’s Crimecall, Sergeant Deirdre O’Neill was in studio to discuss Campus Watch 2022. 

    Campus Watch 2022

    This year is the first time in three years that the majority of students will get to see the colleges at full capacity making it a new experience not just for the first years but also some second and third year students too. 

    The Campus Watch programme is a crime prevention and community safety programme similar to a residential Neighbourhood Watch scheme. There are over 55 schemes in place across the country. It operates as a partnership between An Garda Síochána and the Campus occupants. Campus Watch works on the basis that every member of campus can help to improve the quality of life of all on site by looking out for other students, staff and visitors, and reporting suspicious activities to the Gardaí. Campuses are busy locations and everyone has their part to play.

    During the academic year we run information campaigns designed to keep students safe and secure. Each programme is evidence based and focuses on topics that may be more relevant for a particular time of year, i.e. personal safety at the start of the academic year.

    Traditionally, four crime prevention programmes are rolled out across the academic year to campus users. The blue bike initiative which is a bicycle safety initiative is rolled out during Semester 2 when bicycles are more in use.

    This year will be challenging as we have a large number of students who are effectively attending campus for the first time. We would ask students and parents alike to check out the Campus Watch Page on the Garda website which will provide plenty of information to help make your year a safe and secure one.

    Good advice and information can be found in the Campus Watch Brochure which is available in multiple languages on the Campus Watch page at www.garda.ie

    Personal Safety

    As a new student, get to know the geography of your campus as soon as you can. Find out about public transport timetables, where you can park vehicles or bikes securely, campus security buildings, and the local Garda Station.

    College life should be about experiencing new things but remember when you are going out to PLAN and be Streetwise:

    • Plan night out, how you are getting there and back,
    • Let someone know where you are going and when you’ll be back,
    • Avoid walking alone in dark areas,
    • Never attempt to reason with drunk or aggressive people and be
    • Streetwise, get to know the locality and the surroundings, and mind your valuables.

    It’s a good idea to upload emergency contacts onto your phone and activate find my phone on your device. Keep a record of your IMEI number (Dial *#06# to get it). This will help us return your device to you if it’s located or handed in. 

    Accommodation Security / Personal Items

    The very nature of a campus, where unfamiliar faces are common and accepted, lends itself to the work of the criminal who can blend in quite easily around halls of residence. For example, it is not unusual to see people carrying backpacks and other items without suspicion.

    For students on tight budgets, expensive items are difficult to replace, and it is highly advisable to spend a short time considering how effective measures can be taken to reduce the possibility of theft. The good news is that there are a number of actions you can take to reduce the chance of becoming a victim of crime.

    Follow these tips to help secure your residence:

    • Ensure that all windows and doors are locked at all times.
    • Never give your keys to anyone else. Do not leave your keys where others could have access to them.
    • Always lock outside doors. – The main entrance is the fi­rst line of defence to your property.
    • Close your curtains after dark. Act on suspicions you have, don’t dwell on them.
    • Let the professionals share your suspicions. – Never reveal you are alone and contact Gardaí.
    • Inform a trusted neighbour or friend if you are going away.
    • Ensure that you do not have obvious signs of vacant accommodation – Curtains drawn during daylight hours, etc. – Remember to lock up and light up.
    • Before you admit any callers to your accommodation, ensure you are satisfi­ed with their identity. Don’t be afraid to check the ID of unfamiliar people.
    • You do not have to challenge people aggressively. You can approach someone and ask if they are lost or need help if you are unsure. Perhaps enlist the help of a fellow student before making any approach.
    • Don’t let strangers in, or hold doors open for strangers who are arriving as you are leaving. Use the door chain on your room door. Remember – Other people live in the building too!
    • If you think someone is behaving suspiciously, or trying to gain unauthorised access to accommodation, contact the Gardaí / Campus Security Personnel. Likewise, if you receive any strange, threatening, or abusive phone calls to your accommodation, report them to the Gardaí / Campus Security Personnel. 

    Safe driving for commuting students  

    This year we are seeing more commuting students so there is a strong reminder to ensure your vehicle is road worthy and carry out regular checks especially on tyres and brakes. 

    When parking at college, lock your vehicle and park it in a well-lit area and do not leave valuables on display.  If you must leave items in your vehicle, lock them in the boot out of sight, ideally before you reach your destination.

    On those journeys to college make sure that you are taking sufficient breaks, tiredness could be a contributing factor in up to 20% of fatal road traffic accidents. Therefore, if driving long distances stop and rest when you are feeling tired. Factor it into your trip time.

    If you have been socialising you need to be satisfied that you are fit to drive the next morning.  If in doubt, do not risk it. 

    Consent

    During your college life you will be experiencing new friendships and relationships. Respect each other’s boundaries and diversity.

    If you’re engaging in sexual activities, remember to always ask for consent and to communicate.

    See https://usi.ie/consent/

    Accommodation Frauds

    Gardaí are advising people to be wary of rental scams, particularly at this time of year when students are returning to college.

    There were a total of 882 cases of rental scams reported to An Garda Síochána between 1 February 2019 and 31 July 2022. There were 172 cases of Accommodation Fraud reported between February and July 2022. This is an increase of 27% compared to the same period in 2019.

    Almost half (46%) of these incidents occurred in the Dublin Region.

    Just over €1.6 million was stolen in rental scams over this period. Median amount stolen €1,400.

    Almost half (42%) of all injured parties were under the age of 25.

    72% of all injured parties were under the age of 35.

    The most financial losses are experienced between August and October. 

    Red Flags

    • When the landlord is unable to meet up to show you the property in person. Covid-19 restrictions no longer acceptable excuse.
    • When communication is only through Text / WhatsApp or other social media platform.
    • When the property is offered with no questions asked and payment demanded immediately before signing the lease.
    • When you are asked to pay cash, cryptocurrency or money via a non-bank transfer. (such as wire transfer) 

    Check List

    • Never agree to rent a property without first having the opportunity to view it.
    • Do not hand over cash. Insist upon a proper receipt.
    • Ensure that the keys work and you have proper contact details for the landlord/agent.
    • Report any accommodation fraud to your local Garda Station.

    On this month’s Crimecall, Sergeant Graham Kavanagh was in studio to discuss personal safety, vehicle and bike security, as we all begin to enjoy Summer 2022. With more movement and people getting out and about we traditionally see criminals taking opportunities to commit crime. We can all greatly reduce these opportunities together by taking some steps. 

    In total, just over €36 million in value was stolen in Theft from Vehicle incidents from 2016 – 2020. The average reported value of property stolen per incident is approximately €660.  The average value of cash stolen from vehicles per incident is approximately €330. 

    Between 2012 and 2021 an average of 5,993 bikes were stolen per year in Ireland. 

    Recovery rates are low. Around 90% of bikes stolen in 2021 are still recorded as stolen.

    Almost 3,597 bikes were reported stolen in Dublin in 2021 - 70% of all bike thefts in 2021 occurred in Dublin. 

    1,603 bikes were stolen in Dublin City Centre in 2021 – that’s almost one third of all bike thefts nationally 

    Twice as many bikes are stolen in summer than in winter 

    The peak months for bike theft are July, August, September and October 

    Two thirds of bikes are stolen from public places such as on the street or in a car park, while one third are from residential locations such as from a house, garden or shed 

    Personal Safety when out and about 

    • - Plan your route beforehand to minimise checking maps on the street.
    • - Mind your belongings when in crowded areas. Use a bag with a strap that goes around your neck and diagonally across your body.
    • - Keep to populated areas and avoid deserted streets at night.
    • - Don’t bring attention to yourself by wearing expensive jewellery or leaving belongings exposed.
    • - Be aware of your surroundings, walk purposefully and confidently.
    • - Avoid taking short-cuts through deserted areas particularly after dark.
    • - If you are travelling to a remote area inform somebody where you are going.
    • - Camp in approved sites only-never pitch a tent in open spaces or public areas. 

    Mind your money 

    • - Store any excess cash and other valuables in the safe in your accommodation.
    • - Do not carry all your money in the one place. If travelling as a couple or in a group divide the money between you.
    • - Don’t carry more money with you than you intend to spend during the day.
    • - If you have to carry excess cash or valuables use a discreet money belt inside your clothing.
    • - Be alert when withdrawing money from cash machines. 

    Car Safety 

    • - Become familiar with your route before you start the trip.
    • - If you have rented a car, make sure it is in good working order. Learn how all the windows, door locks and other equipment work before you leave the rental premises.
    • - Keep car doors locked while you are driving.
    • - Don’t leave luggage or valuables visible inside a parked car.
    • - Don’t leave luggage attached to a roof rack.
    • - When visiting city centre areas, park your car in a secure car park and retain the parking ticket on your person.
    • - Always lock your car when leaving it unattended, even for brief periods.
    • - At night, park in well-lit areas.
    • - When checking into your accommodation, always ask about secure car parking. 

    Theft from Cars

    We are advising the public to take care of their property when parking in remote, unguarded locations:

    • - Leave your valuables at home where possible.
    • - Choose your parking spot carefully. Well maintained and well-lit car parks are best.
    • - Avoid areas with evidence of break ins, such as broken glass or anti-social behaviour.
    • - Do not park illegally or obstruct vehicles.

    When leaving your car:

    • - Take your keys.
    • - Secure and conceal valuable property.
    • - Leave the empty glove box open.
    • - Make sure all doors, windows are locked, and car is alarmed.
    • - Report suspicious activity and crimes to 999/112. 

    When is it happening?

    • - Over the last 5 years, 60% of theft from car incidents, associated with outdoor activities such as coastal and scenic areas, were reported in summer (April – Sept).
    • - The majority of thefts from cars in coastal and scenic locations occur on the weekends between 2pm and 7pm.

    What’s taken?

    • - The average value of cash stolen from vehicles per incident is approximately €330.
    • - Jewellery/Trophies were the highest value objects stolen.
    • - Tools accounted for the highest total amount of value stolen.

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    On this month’s Crimecall, Sergeant Graham Kavanagh came to studio to discuss Safer Internet Day which will take place on 8 February 2022.  Its aim is to create awareness of a better internet for ALL users but in particular children and young people. In Ireland Safer Internet Day is coordinated by Webwise.  Webwise offers resource and support for schools, teachers, parents and families. An Garda Siochana also work with Webwise throughout the year promoting online safety.  Safer internet Day is a community wide initiative which sees children, teens, teachers, schools and clubs lead online safety campaigns in their own communities. 

    Why is a safer internet so important? 

    The internet is very much a part of our children and teens lives, with children accessing the internet from an increasingly young age. Recent findings from a national survey of children, their parents and adults regarding online safety highlight: 

    • 62% of children and young people, aged 9-17 year, use social media. 
    • children and their parents or carers have different perceptions of children’s’ experiences. For example, 53% of parents say they help their child when something bothers them on the Internet. This contrasts with 19% of children who report telling a parent about issues that have upset them online. 
    • Less than half of parents are aware of contact and conduct risks their children have experienced 

    Advice for Parents 

                                                                            Talk...Listen…Learn

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    It’s never too late to start a conversation with your child about their online world and using the internet.  A great starting point is the Webwise Parents hub: webwise.ie/parents.  There are free guides, expert advice videos, talking points and explanations to popular apps.  For Safer Internet Day, Webwise are encouraging families to #TalkListenLearn.  They have developed a great, fun tool to help families come together. The topic generators encourage families to sit down and have an open discussion using the questions on the website.  https://talklistenlearn.webwise.ie/ 

    Schools, teachers, children, organisations can all get involved in Safer Internet Day.  There are numerous lessons and resources available on webwise.ie and you can see what other great activities are taking place across Ireland. 

    What other supports/resources are available? 

    An Garda Síochána are delighted to work with Webwise on the development of a series of new talks for schools addressing an extremely important topic; cyberbullying and promoting respectful online communication.  These talks are available for primary and post primary schools and are delivered by trained members of An Garda Síochána.  The aim of the talks is to try and prevent cyberbullying from happening and to empower pupils to respond effectively if cyberbullying and harassment does occur.

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    Another new resource available to post-primary schools from Webwise is a dedicated lesson raising awareness around the new the Harassment, Harmful Communications and Related Offences Act which is also known as Coco’s Law. The aim of the talk is to reinforce the message that the making, taking, permitting to be taken, showing, possession and/or distribution of indecent images of minors is a criminal offence. The objective in delivering this talk is to try to prevent this behaviour from happening by empowering students with this knowledge.  

    On this month’s Crime call Sergeant Graham Kavanagh offered advice in relation to burglaries and fuel security, highlighting home heating oil, diesel and petrol drive off thefts. 

    Sergeant Kavanagh explained that although domestic Burglaries have fallen over 50% since 2015, we cannot be complacent. He reminded the public of previous advice cautioning that as our society opens up again opportunities will increase for burglaries to occur. Remember to lock up & light up. One in (4) burglaries in the summertime occur when the intruder enters through an unlocked door or window. 

    In relation to a recent increase in oil prices, which have been steadily increasing over the the last 12 months and which have dramatically increased in the last few weeks due to market uncertainty amid fears of supply shortages. The average price of petrol and diesel has increased by approximately 30% and prices are poised to increase further in the coming months. Similarly, heating oil prices have approximately doubled since the start of the year.

    With rising prices, many suppliers are rationing orders of home heating oil due to a surge in demand. The reason for this increase in demand could be that customers are stockpiling oil in anticipation of prices being driven up further. This may lead to the situation where theft of oil continues into the summer months of 2022. 

    Main Prevention Advice: 

    • WHETHER DOMESTIC OR COMMERCIAL, ABOVE GROUND OIL TANKS AND MOBILE FUEL BOWSERS ARE MOST AT RISK OF FUEL THEFT 
    • INSTALLING ALARMS, ANTI SIPHONING DEVICES, SIGNAGE, SECURITY LIGHTING AND CCTV CAN PREVENT AND DISRUPT FUEL THIEVES 
    • COMMERCIAL PREMISES SHOULD IMPLEMENT FUEL MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS TO MONITOR FUEL LEVELS 
    • KEEP FUEL TANKS VISIBLE. REMOTE TANKS ARE AT MORE RISK. 
    • RESTRICT ACCESS. KEEP GATES CLOSED AND LOCKED WHEN NOT IN USE 
    • SECURE VEHICLES. USE FUEL TANK CAP LOCKS AND ANTI SIPHONING DEVICES ON VEHICLES AND MACHINERY. 

    On this month’s Crimecall, Detective Chief Superintendent Colm Noonan of the Garda National Protective Services Bureau delivered a message to all victims of Domestic, Sexual and Gender based violence, DSGBV, which essentially indicates that An Garda Síochána is committed to protecting and supporting all victims and ensuring that keeping people safe and safeguarding human rights are central to the work being carried out.  

    An Garda Síochána recognises the harm that is being done to individuals, to families and to our society due to domestic, sexual and gender based violence, and wants to reiterate the point that nobody should have to live with violence, abuse or the threat or fear of violence. 

    An Garda Síochána wants to reassure people that they will work exceptionally hard and in a professional, dedicated and consistent way to try and reduce Domestic, Sexual and Gender Based Violence and that in the future this behaviour will not be tolerated and is never again unspoken. 

    Advice to victims

    • o We need all victims to come forward and to keep talking to us so if you are a victim of Domestic, Sexual and Gender Based Violence, please make contact with An Garda Síochána
    • o If you are in immediate fear, living in fear or if you feel under threat in any circumstance, please call 999 or 112.
    • o If you know of a family member or friend who is a victim of such abuse, please make contact with An Garda Síochána.
    • o Then we can and we will do everything in our power to pursue those persons who harm others.
    • o Victims of Domestic Sexual and Gender Based Violence, be they women or men, deserve and are entitled to the very best efforts from An Garda Síochána.
    • o Offenders will be investigated, they will be prosecuted and brought before the courts.
    • o We hear what victims are saying and we are and always will be here to listen and to act. 

    What we are doing

    An Garda Síochána’s response to all victims has been the launch of “Operation Faoiseamh” which has resulted in:

    • o 45,283 contacts and attempted contacts with victims of domestic abuse have taken place since the commencement of Operation Faoiseamh on 1 April 2020 to 7 January 2022.An Garda Síochána responded to in excess of 48,400 Domestic Abuse Incidents in 2021, 10% increase on 2020. 
    • o An Garda Síochána preferred in excess of 4,250 Criminal Charges for breaches of Domestic Violence Act Orders in 2021, a 6% increase on 2020. 
    • o An Garda Síochána preferred in excess of 8,600 Criminal charges for crimes involving an element of domestic abuse in 2021, up 13% on 2020 
    • o Divisional Protective Service Units (DPSU) are now established and well embedded in every Garda Division with 392 people assigned to those units on a full time basis investigating these crimes and supporting frontline uniform and detective units 
    • o We have engaged, contributed and are committed to the forthcoming Department of Justice Third National Strategy on Domestic, Sexual and Gender based violence,(DSGBV) which will focus on Prevention, Protection, Prosecution and Policy Co-ordination to tackle elements of DSGBV. 
    • o We have and continue to build exceptional good and productive relationships with our partners both inside and outside of the Criminal Justice system 
    • o But we know that we are not perfect – Everybody working in An Garda Síochána must understand the vulnerability of victims. Our attitudes and behaviour towards vulnerable people must be exceptional – we are training and working hard to increase that awareness and embed the necessary behaviour. 
    • o Our goal and everybody’s goal must be to eliminate all forms of violence against victims – this will save lives. 

    Role of society

    • o There is a role for society. Stopping Inappropriate behaviour is an area where society will have to come together to eradicate it.
    • o We in An Garda Síochána will deal with the criminal aspect but to truly eradicate this violence, we need the assistance, experience and expertise that exists in society and in the exceptional support groups which are out there.
    • o Everyone must face up and speak up to change society’s attitudes and to Increase awareness around these crimes.
    • o Ultimately this will create a society where Domestic, Sexual & Gender Based Violence is completely unacceptable. 
    www.safeireland.ie 
    Womens Aid 1800 341 900 
    Men’s Development Network 1800 816588 
    Mens Aid (01) 554 3811

    Gardaí at Dundrum are seeking the public’s assistance in relation to a burglary that took place in Churchtown Avenue, Dublin at 9.20pm on the evening of 28 September 2021. 

    On the evening in question the above individual knocked on the window of the premises. When he did not receive an answer he forced his way in through the front door. At this point he was confronted by the owner of the property who asked him what he was doing. The suspect claimed that there was a parcel waiting for him inside. On hearing this the owner asked the man to leave. 

    Description:Approx. 40 years old, 5’4’’, medium build and grey hair. He spoke with an Irish accent. He wore a black jacket and black tracksuit bottoms. 

     Dundrum Garda Station, Investigating, Tel: (01) - 6665600

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    Gardaí at Gorey investigating a burglary at Kilenerin, Gorey, Co. Wexford on the 2 May 2022 at 3pm, are looking for the public’s assistance in identifying the above individual.

    On the date in question, a woman was outside her house, gardening, when she observed a male walking out the front door of her home with a bag.  When the injured party confronted this male, he fled the scene in a 2009 grey Honda Civic. 

    Items of jewellery were taken during the course of the burglary.  One of the items was an old engagement ring, which had a stone was missing.

    Descriptionof suspect:

    • Approximately 1m 85cm (6ft) tall
    • Slim build
    • Clean shaven
    • Mid-twenties
    • Local Gorey accent
    • He was wearing a navy blue hoody and jeans. 

    Gardaí at Gorey Garda Station, Investigating. Tel: 053-9430690 

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    Gardaí at Gorey investigating a burglary at Kilenerin, Gorey, Co. Wexford on the 2 May 2022 at 3pm, are looking for the public’s assistance in identifying the above individual.

    On the date in question a woman was outside her house gardening, when she observed a male walking out the front door of her home with a bag. When the injured party confronted this male he fled the scene in a 2009 grey Honda Civic. 

    Items of jewellery were taken during the course of the burglary. One of the items was an old engagement ring which had a stone was missing.

    Descriptionof suspect:

    • Approximately 6ft tall
    • Slim build
    • Clean shaven
    • Mid-twenties
    • Local Gorey accent
    • He was wearing a navy blue hoody and jeans.  

    Gardaí at Gorey Garda Station, Investigating. Tel: 053-9430690

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    Gardaí at Fermoy are seeking the public’s assistance to identify the person in the above EvoFIT in relation to a burglary at Corrin View, Fermoy, Co. Cork on the 26 January 2022.

    On the date in question a female suspect entered the victim’s garden and informed her that she had lost her cat. While the victim helped look for her cat a second suspect entered the victim’s house. During the burglary items of jewellery were removed, one of which was the ring featured in the above picture. 

    Description of suspect: 

    The female is described as mid-30’s with sallow skin, medium build and average height 

    Gardaí at Fermoy Garda Station, Investigating, Tel: (025) 82100

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    Gardaí at Bray are looking for the public’s assistance in identifying the above individual in relation to an exposure incident that occurred at the Glen of the Downs Nature Park, Co. Wicklow on 14 February 2022 between 12 – 12.45pm. 

    On the date in question the above male followed the victim along a walking trail and bumped into her a number of times. The victim tried to avoid the suspect by walking a different route but the suspect continued to follow her. The victim stopped in order to let the male pass her. After walking past her the male exposed himself at which point the victim fled the scene. 

    Description:

    • Mid 40’s
    • Slight build
    • Acne scars on face
    • Unkempt beard
    • Wearing grey tracksuit bottoms, dark hoody and a red and yellow bobbin hat
    • The suspect also had a black and white dog with him 

    Gardaí at Bray Garda Station Investigating tel: 01-666-5347

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    Gardaí in Balbriggan are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying the above male in relation to an incident of exposure on the 12 May 2021 at 12.30pm on Main Street, Rush, Co. Dublin.  

    The victim was walking along the footpath and noticed the suspect exposing himself while sitting in a parked car. 

    Description:  The man is described as approximately 50 years old, a very heavy build and he had messy black hair. He had a ruddy complexion with a short beard and was wearing a black t-shirt and jeans. 

    The man was driving a small gold hatchback and drove east as he left the scene. 

    Gardaí at Balibriggan Garda Station investigating.  Tel: (01) 802 0510

    Gardaí in Kilkenny are investigating a case of exposure that occurred on Sion Rd in Kilkenny on 26th December 2021 at approximately 7pm. 

    The female victim was walking on the footpath when a white vehicle, driven by a male suspect, pulled in beside her. The male occupant remained seated in the vehicle and asked the victim for directions.  He then exposed himself to her.  The female then ran into a nearby driveway and the suspect drove away. 

    Description:  The man is described as having ginger hair, a long face, clean shaven and spoke with an Irish accent. He was wearing a grey shirt at the time. 

     The vehicle is described as a white five door vehicle. 

    Gardaí at Kilkenny Garda Station investigating.  Tel: (056) 777 5000

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    Gardaí in Swords are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying the above individual in relation to an incident of exposure that occurred in Rivervalley Park, Swords on 9 March 2022.

    The injured party was walking her dogs when she noticed a man walking nearby her. The man over took her and further down the path he stepped from behind a tree and exposed himself. The injured party raised the alarm and the suspect left the scene. 

    Description of Suspect: Early 20’s, approximately 5'11" and slim build.  He was wearing a pink bobble hat and a black grey windbreaker with grey underarms and a reflective strip down both arms. 

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

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    Gardaí at Swords are seeking the public to assist with the above individual’s identification, in relation to an incident of exposure that occurred at Rivervalley Park, Swords on 9 March 2022. 

    The injured party was walking her dogs when she noticed a man walking nearby. The man over took her and further down the path he stepped from behind a tree and exposed himself. The injured party raised the alarm and the suspect left the scene. 

    Description of Suspect: Early 20’s, approximately 5'11" and slim build.  He was wearing a pink bobble hat and a black grey windbreaker with grey underarms and a reflective strip down both arms. 

    Swords Garda Station, investigating.  Tel: (01) 666 4700

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    Gardaí in Sundrive Road are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying the above individual in relation to hit-and-run collision at the Cooley Road, Drimnagh on 26 June 2022 at 10.00pm.  

    While on patrol Gardaí observed a silver Honda Accord as they turned into a carpark at Drimnagh road. The driver of the Honda Accord then proceeded to drive towards Gardaí, causing them to swerve and mount the kerb.  

    The suspect vehicle drove off and Gardaí subsequently conducted a search of the area. A short while later they came upon the scene of a hit and run collision, during which the Honda Accord had collided with the rear of another vehicle, causing minor injuries to the driver. 

    The driver of the suspect vehicle had escaped on foot before Gardaí arrived. 

    Description of Suspect 

    • - approximately 5ft 10 in height
    • - pale complexion
    • - dark hair
    • - wearing a black tracksuit. 

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

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    Gardaí at Blessington investigating an incident of robbery at Old Ballymore Road, Blessington, Co. Wicklow on the 16th of December 2021, are seeking to identify persons bearing a resemblance to the EvoFIT featured above.

    The injured parties, two young males, were walking at Old Ballymore Road, Blessington when a vehicle approached, the occupants alighted and approached the victims.

    They were then threatened at knife point, before a Canada Goose jacket, iPhone, Airpods and a debit card were taken from them.

    Suspect vehicle: Dark Toyota hatchback with a 07 registration. 

    Description of suspects:Suspect 1:  Slim / medium build, 5’8” in height, wearing a blue north face jacket with grey Nike hoodie underneath and with a faint moustache

    Suspect 2: Slim build, 5’10” in height, wearing a black Canadian goose jacket

    Gardaí at Blessington Garda Station, investigating Tel: (045) 865 202

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    Gardaí at Coolock Garda Station are seeking to identify the male suspect in the above evofit in relation to a robbery that occurred on Clarehall Avenue, Dublin 13 on the 17 May 2022 at 12.20pm.

    The injured party was walking home from work when a vehicle stopped and two male suspects got out and approached him. During the incident the injured party’s brown jacket and wallet were taken. He was hit a number of times to the face and was injured. 

    Description of suspect: 

    • - Approximately 1m 68cm (5ft 6) in height
    • - Thin build
    • - Blue eyes
    • - Blond hair
    • - Black / dark blue hoodie
    • - Possibly in late teens or early 20’s 

    Gardaí at Coolock Garda Station - Investigating tel: (01) 666 4200

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    Gardaí in Kilkenny are investigating a robbery incident that occurred in Kilkenny City on 1 April 2022 at 5.15pm. 

    On the date in question the injured party was walking along a secluded laneway when she was pushed from behind by the suspect who then tried to take her handbag. The injured party struggled with the suspect who then left the scene empty handed. 

    Description of suspect: 

    • Height 5'2"
    • Thin build
    • blond hair
    • He was wearing a grey hoodie and sweat pants and a black snood over the lower half of his face. 

    Gardaí at Kilkenny Garda station, investigating. Tel: (056) 777 5000

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    Gardaí at Blessington investigating an incident of robbery at Old Ballymore Road, Blessington, Co. Wicklow on the 16 December 2021, are seeking to identify persons bearing a resemblance to the EvoFIT featured above.

    The injured parties, two young males, were walking at Old Ballymore Road, Blessington when a vehicle approached, the occupants alighted and approached the victims.

    They were then threatened at knife point, before a Canada Goose jacket, iPhone, Airpods and a debit card were taken from them.
    Suspect vehicle: Dark Toyota hatchback with a 07 registration.

    Description of suspects:

    Suspect 1: Slim / medium build, 5’8” in height, wearing a blue north face jacket with grey Nike hoodie underneath and with a faint moustache
    Suspect 2: Slim build, 5’10” in height, wearing a black Canadian goose jacket

    Gardaí at Blessington Garda Station, investigating Tel: (045) 865 202

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    Gardaí at Dungarvan Garda Station are investigating the fatal hit and run collision involving twenty three year old Joseph (Joey) Moroney on the 8th August 1982.  On the weekend of the 7/ August, Joey, attended a festival organised by Kilgobnet GAA Club.  After the festival he went to Meades Pub.  He left there on foot around between 12 midnight and 1am and was later found deceased on the side of the road in Bohadoon South.  Some items of car debris were discovered at the scene.  The post mortem found that he had died from injuries consistent with being hit by a car. 

    Garda Appeal:

    • - Investigating Gardai at Dungarvan are investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of Joey Moroney on the 8 August 1982 and are endeavouring to establish what happened on the night of his death?
    • - Where you present at Meade’s pub in Bohadoon or did you speak with Joey Moroney that night?
    • - Gardai are appealing to any garage or panel beaters who may have repaired a vehicle in the days after the collision to come forward?
    • - Did you travel in or around the Bohadoon area on the night of the incident?
    • - Do you have information that may assist the investigation team? You will be dealt with in a sensitive manner. It is understandable that after forty years you may be in a different place in your life, you may have been young at the time of the incident, relationships you held back then may have changed over time or it may be that your own family circumstances have changed.
    • - This incident happened over forty years ago and the key to solving this tragic incident lies within the local community and it is hoped that closure can be finally given to the Moroney family who are still at a loss of their sibling Joey Moroney. 

    Dungarvan Garda Station, investigating: 058-48600

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    Detective Inspector Mel Smyth was in studio to discuss Smishing (fraud texts),Vishing(fraud phone calls)and Phishing(fraud emails). He explained the two elements used by fraudsters - to get control of a bank account (Account take over fraud) or to get payment card/credit card details (Card not present fraud)   

    Account take over fraud

    Step one

    • - thousands of text/sms messages sent out to random people: 
    • - The text will be unsolicited.
    • - Text messages will appear to be from your bank
    • - The texts will be inserted into a chain of real messages the victim may have received from their bank (via technical work by the fraudster). 

    Step two

    • - The text will always call for action to attract the attention of the victim and cause alarm to prompt a quick response; EG. account holder let to believe there is a risk to their account such as a suspicious transaction or   suspicious login etc
    • - The goal is to get the caller to click on a link to a fake bank website.  

    Step three

    • - The victim clicks on the link and is prompted to log into their account on a fake but very real looking website
    • - Their log in details are recovered by the fraudster who controls the website.
    • - The criminal now has access to the account online 

    Step four

    • - The challenge for the fraudster is to get over the security that prevents unlawful transfers out of the account. For this he / she needs to engage with the victim.
    • - The criminal calls the victim, with a very well prepared script to convince the victim to give them security codes. For example, the criminal will try a transfer as he / she is speaking to the victim, that prompts the bank to send a security code to the phone of the victims phone, the criminal will ask the victim for this 6 digit code that has just been sent - the unsuspecting victim gives it - the fraudster transfers money out of the account, almost always to a money mule account in Ireland or abroad.
    • - The alternative is that the criminal will try and change the phone number of the account, he / she may need to get over security to get that - they will engage with the victim to get over this security - a new phone is added and all security codes are transferred to a phone in the hands of the fraudster - 

    Card not present fraud.  

    These smishing frauds often target payment cards - there is less of a return usually when a payment card is compromised -  

    Step one

    • - A text is sent pretending to be a retailer/delivery company etc to thousands of people. This prompts the victim to pay some fee to get a product delivered or some other such story. The fee is often very small, €1 or €1.50 so the victim is not concerned!  

    Step two

    • - the victim clicks a link to a fake but very real looking website, puts in their card details to make the payment.  

    Step three

    • - The card details are now known to the fraudster 

    Step four

    • - the card will be used to make online purchases, or to withdraw money in some cases  

    Advice  

    BE FRAUD AWARE  

    RED WARNING FLAG 

    When you get an unsolicited text from your bank or from a retailer that is causing you to be concerned about your bank account or prompting you to pay a fee by clicking on a link.

    STOP - Think fraud and NEVER click on the link 

    RED WARNING FLAG  

    You were not thinking and click on a link that leads you to log in to your bank account or to make a payment using your debit and credit card - STOP AND THINK - IS THIS FRAUD? IT PROBABLY IS

     STOP - Think fraud and NEVER click on the link 

    RED WARNING FLAG

    You click on a link, log in and then receive a call from someone who purports to be from your bank or other business - they sound very professional - they ask you for access codes to your accounts, security codes sent to your phone or email, or for the pin number to your card - BANKS will never ask for log in details or security codes or answers to security questions over the phone 

    STOP - Think fraud and NEVER click on the link 

    NEVER click on the link 

    Delete the message.

    Check your account through your banking app

    If you are concerned, go into your bank or contact their fraud line and seek advice

    If you have given away your details and then realise it is a fraud, contact your bank immediately, ask them to recall your money, if the fraud line is busy, call into your bank and ask for help

    If your card is compromised, ask for it to be cancelled. 

    PROTECT your personal data, Name, Address, Date of Birth, PPS number etc

    Never give this information in response to an unsolicited text, email or phonecall. 

    Further information on fraud

    An Garda Síochána are currently investigating the circumstances of an assault on an unarmed uniform member of An Garda Síochána which took place in the early hours of the 28 February 2022.

    The uniformed member left Ballyconnell Garda Station at approx. 00.30am on 28 February 2022.  He was travelling in the direction of Blacklion via Glangevlin on the R206 and arrived at the scene at Whitefathers Caves, Killycarney, Blacklion, Co Cavan.

    At approximately 2am on the 28 February 2022 a member of An Garda Síochána on patrol in the Loughan, Blacklion, Co. Cavan area contacted colleagues seeking assistance. The member was disorientated and unable to explain the exact circumstances of events taking place. Uniform members of An Garda Síochána together with Armed Support Units located their colleague in a disorientated state. His official marked patrol vehicle was present at the scene. There was a strong smell of an accelerant in the air, his Garda uniform was saturated with an accelerant and he had signs of physical injuries.  He was taken to Sligo University Hospital.

    An Garda Síochána sealed off the scene and the Garda Technical Bureau carried out an examination of the scene.  An incident room has been established under a Senior Investigating Officer (SIO) at Cavan Garda Station. The Garda member and his family have and will continue to be provided with the assistance of the Employee Assistance Service and all of An Garda Síochána support services. 

    Appeal

    • Did you travel on the R206 Glangevlin to Blacklion Road or on the N16 Sligo to Blacklion Road between the hours of 12am to 2.30am on the Sunday night into Monday morning of the 28 February 2022.  Did you see anything or do you have any dash cam footage?
    • The Garda member was driving a Ford Ranger jeep, which is a multi-purpose vehicle now in use in border and rough terrain areas by An Garda Síochána.  It is not a common fleet due to its size and visibility. Did you notice the jeep, or observe anything suspicious near White Father Caves. Did you notice any other vehicle?
    • Do you have any information that may assist the investigation?

    Gardaí at Cavan Garda Station investigating tel: (049) 436 8800

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    Damien Bain (37) was reported missing to Wicklow Garda Station by his uncle on 3 August 2022. 

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    Damien went to visit his cousin in Dublin on the 16th July and left her home on the 17 July 2022.  His family grew concerned when he did not return home to Wicklow.  Damien’s family conducted searches for a number of weeks.

    Gardaí established that on the 18 July 2022, Damien called into Blessington Garda Station.  He then went to Centra and Supervalu and went onto Kilbride Road in the direction of the Blessington Lakes. This is the last known sighting of Damien.

    Extensive searches of the Blessington Lake area have taken place. The Wicklow Divisional Garda Search unit, the water unit, and the civil defence all have taken part in the search for Damien.

    Damien’s phone is no longer powered on and his bicycle is not at his house. 

    Description:

    • - 5’8” tall
    • - Short Brown hair
    • - Thin build
    • - Wearing: Navy bomber Jacket, grey jumper, light grey jeans and grey runners
    • - Carrying: Large navy bag, smaller black bag, pillow 

    Garda Appeal:

    • - Gardaí at Wicklow Garda Station are appealing for information in relation to the whereabouts of Damien Bain.
    • - There has been no confirmed sighting of Damien since 18 July Gardaí require the public's assistance and are appealing to anyone with information to contact them, no matter how small or insignificant they believe the information to be. Many times it is the smallest piece of information that is the most important and relevant.
    • - To date, Gardaí have conducted several lines of enquiry and conducted extensive searches of Blessington Lake, Co Wicklow, close to where Damien was last seen. Both Damien’s family and Gardaí are extremely concerned for his well-being.
    • - Have you seen or heard from Damien from the time he went missing from the Blessington area of Co Wicklow on the 18 July? 

    Gardaí at Wicklow Garda Station, investigating: 0404-60140

    On 7 January 2022, Bernadette Connolly was reported missing by her daughter, to Swords Gardaí.  Bernadette is missing from her home in Swords in Co. Dublin and It is known she travelled by taxi to Donabate, where she is seen on CCTV walking towards the beach. This is the last known sighting of Bernadette. 

    Extensive searches have been carried out in the search for Bernadette.  All hospitals have been contacted and CCTV has been canvassed extensively from the area.  There has also been a number of Press Release and Social Media Appeals since her disappearance. 

    Appeal: 

    • Bernadette is 45 years old and is described as 5’6" and of slim build. She has long black hair, hazel eyes and she has a tattoo on her lower back.  
    • When Bernadette was last seen she was wearing a black Nike training top, black Nike leggings, black trainers with a white sole as well as a black woolly hat with a black bobble. She had a black handbag and a black puffer jacket and a red towel which were found at the beach. 
    • Have you seen or heard from Bernadette from the time she went missing from the Swords area of North Dublin on the 7th of January? 
    • Do you recall seeing Bernadette in the Donabate area/beach on Friday the 7 January between 11.30am and midday?

    Gardaí at Swords Garda Station investigating. Tel: 01 666 4700

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    On 17 November 2021, Brian Kinsella was reported missing, to Waterford Gardaí. Brian is missing from his home in Gracedieu Heights, Waterford. He left his house at 9:15am saying he was going to a phone shop in Waterford City center. It is known he walked into Waterford City where he was seen on CCTV walking past St Dominic’s Credit Union and Geraghty’s Tyre shop at 10:15am. This is the last known sighting of Brian. 

    Description of Brian:  6ft, slim build, brown hair, brown eyes and he had a short beard. He wore glasses. When last seen he was wearing a light blue rain jacket, black Adidas tracksuit bottoms with a white stripe on the side, black runners with a white sole and a black baseball cap. 

    Extensive searches have been carried out over the past number of months in the area of Bilberry, Waterford and also the River Suir and Waterford Greenway.  

    The following persons / organisations have been involved:

    • - Garda Helicopter
    • - Garda Water Unit
    • - Coast Guard
    • - Rescue 117
    • - Marine Search and Rescue
    • - River Rescue
    • - Civil Defence
    • - Mallow Search and Rescue
    • - Local Volunteers
    • - Family & Friends

     Appeal

    • Did you have any contact with Brian either prior to or since he has gone missing?
    • Have you seen Brian since he was reported missing?
    • Where you in the area of Bilberry/Waterford Greenway on the date in question seen him or anyone matching his description? 

    Gardaí at Waterford Garda Station investigating. Tel: 051-305300

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    On 17 November 2021 Brian Kinsella was reported missing to Waterford Gardaí. Brian is missing from his home in Gracedieu Heights, Waterford. He left his house at 9:15am saying he was going to a phone shop in Waterford City center. It is known that he walked into Waterford City where he was seen on CCTV walking past St Dominic’s Credit Union and Geraghty’s Tyre shop at 10:15am. This is the last known sighting of Brian. 

    Description of Brian:  6ft, slim build, brown hair, brown eyes and with a short beard.  He wore glasses.  When last seen he was wearing a light blue rain jacket, black Adidas tracksuit bottoms with a white stripe on the side, black runners with a white sole and a black baseball cap. 

    Extensive searches have been carried out over the past number of months in the area of Bilberry, Waterford and also the River Suir and Waterford Greenway.  

    The following persons / organisations have been involved:

    • - Garda Helicopter
    • - Garda Water Unit
    • - Coast Guard
    • - Rescue 117
    • - Marine Search and Rescue
    • - River Rescue
    • - Civil Defence
    • - Mallow Search and Rescue
    • - Local Volunteers
    • - Family & Friends 

     Appeal

    • Did you have any contact with Brian either prior to or since he has gone missing?
    • Have you seen Brian since he was reported missing?
    • Where you in the area of Bilberry/Waterford Greenway on the date in question seen him or anyone matching his description? 

    Gardaí at Waterford Garda Station investigating. Tel: 051-305300

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    The Gardaí at Coolock are investigating the case of missing person forty one year old Jason Macken. Jason was last seen on the 28 December 2015, at the River Liffey Boardwalk, close to the Rosie Hackett Bridge, Dublin City Centre. 

    Jason originally from the Macroom area of Coolock, Dublin 17, had been sleeping rough for a three year period prior to his disappearance. While belonging to the homeless community, Jason slept rough using tents frequenting old factories /units at the Coolock and Dublin City Centre areas. 

    During the Christmas period of 2015 Jason spent time at both his family home and ex-partners home at the Coolock area. At some point around St. Stephen’s Day Jason left his ex-partners home at Moatview, Coolock. The next sighting of Jason is 28 December 2015 at Dublin City Centre, which is the last known sighting of him. 

    Description of Jason: 

    • Height - 5’10” – 5’ 11”
    • Build - slight, gaunt
    • Accent - Dublin
    • Age - 41
    • Hair/Skin - dark short hair, clean shaven, white skin, blue eyes
    • Tattoos – ‘Irish Fighter’ tattoo on left upper arm, green in colour with some red. 

    Garda Appeal: 

    • To the public who may have any information that may assist them find Jason Macken.
    • Any person who may have seen Jason during the Christmas period of 2015 and the days leading into New Year 2016 who may have any information in relation to the circumstances surrounding his disappearance to come forward.
    • Jason Macken was homeless at the time of disappearance and known to sleep rough in tents and abandoned factories/units in Coolock and Dublin City Centre.
    • We are particularly appealing to the homeless community and those assisting people in this area to come forward with any information.
    • Any person who may have any information and did not come forward previously for any reason, can contact us at the Garda Confidential line on 1800 – 666 111. 

    Gardaí at Coolock Garda Station – Investigating - Tel 01 - 6664200

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    On the 21 February 2022 John Redmond (33 years) was reported missing by his father to Gardaí at Howth Garda Station. John’s father reported him missing after receiving a phone call from a concerned member of the public who, while out walking on the Cliff Walk near the Martello Tower, Sutton, discovered John’s backpack with a jacket, mobile phone and personal items beside a small sandy cove near Drumlech point. 

    Gardaí believe that John left his home at Drimnagh earlier that morning (circa 8am) stating he was travelling to the city center. Gardaí have established that John travelled by public transport to Sutton, Co Dublin, where later in the morning at Sutton Cross a man matching John’s description is seen on CCTV shortly after 11.20am.   

    This man can then be seen leaving the shop alone on foot and walking out of the carpark onto the Howth Road. His direction of travel from here is unknown. It is believed that this male may have also visited a coffee shop at Sutton Cross. 

    Extensive coastal searches have been carried out by the Coast Guard and the RNLI. Gardaí have carried out enquires with hospitals, canvassed for CCTV, and made a media appeal. Unfortunately John has not been located to date. 

    John’s partner, parents and family are very concerned for his welfare and are seeking the public’s assistance in any way possible, and are encouraging them to call with any piece of information no matter how small. 

    Appeal: 

    • Have you seen or heard from John either before or since he went missing?
    • Do you recall seeing John Last Monday 21 February in the Drimnagh or City Center area?
    • Where you in the Sutton area between between 11am and 11.40 am or in the Vicinity of Martello Tower, Cliff Walk, Drumlech Point later that afternoon.
    • Do you recall seeing a person as described below, with the backpack and jacket seen in the photos? 
    • Description:

                 33 years old 

                 5’10” in Height

                 Medium Build

                 Short Brown Hair, with beard

                 Blue Eyes               

    • Clothing:

                 Navy Jacket

                 Red Jumper

                 Black Jeans

                 Black Boots

                 Carrying a Backpack 

    Gardaí at Howth Garda Station, Investigating tel: 01-6664900

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    Gardaí at Midleton Garda Station are re-appealing for information in relation to missing person Tina Satchwell DOB: 30/11/1971 who has been missing from her home at Grattan Street, Youghal, Co. Cork since the 20 March 2017. This year is the 5th Anniversary of her disappearance. 

    Tina Satchwell is originally from Fermoy but had relocated to Youghal with her husband Richard Satchwell in September 2016. 

    Tina and her husband Richard were at a Car Boot sale in Carrigtwohill on Sunday 19 March 2017 which they would have attended regularly.  On Monday 20 March 2017, Richard went to Dungarvan at 10:30am and Tina remained at their home in Youghal.  When he returned shortly after 12 midday, Tina was no longer there.  Her house keys were on the floor in the hallway near the front door and her mobile phone was in the kitchen.  

    Tina was a keen follower of fashion and many people admired her dress sense. 

    She had two dogs which she adored. 

    Description

    Tina is described as five foot seven inches in height with blonde hair and blue eyes.   

    Appeal

    • Gardaí at Midleton Garda Station are appealing for information in relation to the whereabouts of Tina Satchwell. 
    • To date, Gardaí have conducted hundreds of lines of enquiries and are currently exhausting more lines of investigation. From inquiries to date, there is no evidence to suggest that Tina is alive. Gardai are extremely concerned for her wellbeing. 
    • There has been no sighting of Tina since March 2017. Gardai require the public assistance and are appealing to anyone with information to contact them, no matter how small or insignificant they believe the information to be. Many times it is the smallest piece of information that is the most important and relevant. 

    Gardaí at Midleton Garda Station investigating tel: (021) 462 1550

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    Detective Inspector Mel Smyth from the Garda National Economic Crime Bureau was in studio warning the public against allowing themselves become what is commonly known as a “Money Mule”.  Detective Inspector Smyth explained that “Money mules” can be any age and that in recent times students at third level are targeted. While typically the age profile are generally teenagers/early twenties, it is not uncommon for secondary school children - some as young as 14/15,and adults have been lured by the promise of making quick, easy money. 

    In the last year there has been a huge growth in this crime.  A prospective offender, “mule “gets a Smishing text  from an automated account and it continues from there.  Once the money has been lodged into their (the ‘mule’) account, it is quickly moved on to other account (s) sometimes in Ireland and sometimes abroad, effectively laundering the cash. This money is funding organised crime and international organized crime groups.  

    What being a money mule means: 

    • Your home searched by Gardaí – your parents, siblings, neighbours, friends seeing this happening
    • You being arrested – remember it’s your bank account / your passport used to open it / probably you on CCTV withdrawing it – you will be arrested
    • You being fingerprinted, photographed and having your DNA taken and put on the database
    • You may have to appear in Court – this could be reported on and your photograph appearing in the newspapers / online
    • Having your bank account closed and banks won’t entertain any new applications
    • Getting a conviction under the Money Laundering & Terrorism Financing Act 2010
    • Facing a potential prison sentence of 14 years
    • Risk being placed on terrorist watch lists
    • Risk being refused a visa to work in US, Australia, middle east etc
    • Risk having your future credit rating affected
    • Risk finding it difficult getting students loans, ordinary loans, overdrafts and even mortgages
    • Could even find it difficulty getting a phone contract
    • Risk affecting your ability to find employment in the future
    • Risk affecting future vetting applications especially if wanting to work with charities, sports clubs, any job with responsibility 

    Remember,

    • you are enhancing the capability of international criminal organisations to commit other crimes, to fund terrorism, to traffic people, drugs and guns
    • the organised crime group wont honour its promises
    • The drug debt you might owe won’t be written off
    • You won’t get a percentage
    • They won’t return your cards
    • The money coming into your account is stolen from a victim / company somewhere
    • By you allowing your account to be used you are committing money laundering
    • You will be identified as its your account, your ID used, your address used, possibly you on CCTV 

    Advice for parents / teachers :

    • Be able to spot the tell-tale signs
    • Know what bank accounts your child has opened – bank accounts can be opened online from their bedrooms
    • Ensure their children don’t give their bank account details to anyone they don’t know
    • Educate their children on the dangers / ramifications of being a money mule and getting convicted
    • Educate them to be wary of unsolicited offers of easy money – there is no easy money – if it sounds too good to be true then it usually is
    • Look out for child suddenly having more cash, buying expensive clothes, electronics with no explanation of where they got the money
    • Be alert to changes in their behaviour – a young person involved may become more secretive, withdrawn, stressed, have new ‘friends’ whose full names they don’t know
    • Teachers need to be alert to the people in their classes / schools recruiting money mules 

    Gardaí at Garda National Economic Crime Bureau investigating

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    Gardaí at Portlaoise Garda Station are continuing to appeal for assistance in relation to the disappearance of 25 year old Fiona Pender who was last seen in August 1996.

    Fiona was living at Church Street, Tullamore, Offaly in a flat that she shared with her partner.

    She was 25 years old and seven and a half months pregnant. Fiona’s family were looking forward to the arrival of her baby following the tragic death of her older brother Mark, the previous year. 

    Fiona was a native of Tullamore and grew up in Connolly Park, in the town, with her parents Sean and Josephine, her older brother Mark and younger brother John. Fiona was well known in Tullamore and had worked as a model and a hairdresser in the locality. 

    Garda Appeal: 

    • An extensive Garda investigation was undertaken and a large amount of searches were conducted in surrounding areas through the years, but unfortunately no trace of Fiona has been found.
    • While arrests were made in relation to this case, unfortunately charges were never brought. Gardaí are seeking information that would help in bringing the person(s) responsible for her death to justice.
    • Fiona’s family were greatly affected by the disappearance of Fiona and her mother Josephine, who campaigned for years for justice for her daughter, sadly passed away in 2017 without having Fiona’s body returned to herFiona’s father Sean died in 2000 not knowing what had happened to his daughter.
    • Since Fiona’s disappearance, circumstances may have changed and perhaps there is someone who has information who didn’t feel comfortable coming forward previously but is now in a position to do so.
    • An Garda Síochána would like to reassure any person who feels that they can assist with the investigation that any information received will be treated in a compassionate and sensitive manner. 

    Gardaí at Tullamore Garda Station - investigating Tel: (057) 867 4100

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    The Gardaí at Finglas Garda Station are continuing to investigate the double murder of Mark Noonan and Glen Murphy that occurred on Tuesday the 23 November 2010 at approximately 11.40pm at Clearwater Service Station, Finglas, Dublin 11.

    Both men travelled to the service station in Mark’s Toyota Avensis. A BMW saloon vehicle registration number 06D13665 pulled into the forecourt of the service station and a number of shots were discharged, both men died at the scene.

    The BMW drove out of the service station and travelled onto the Finglas dual carriage way. They travelled onto the M50 and exited at the M50/M1 Junction. They travelled northbound on the M1 and drove through the M1 Toll Plaza at Drogheda, Co. Meath. 

    Garda Appeal:

    • The investigation into Mark Noonan and Glen Murphy’s murder remains an active and open investigation, which is being co-ordinated from an incident room at Finglas Garda station. To date the investigation has developed many lines of enquiry and numerous statements have been taken. 
    • Gardaí would like to take this opportunity to thank the public for their assistance to date. However, Gardaí believe that there are individuals out there who, with a passage of time, may now feel ready to assist with the investigation. Gardaí would like to assure these people they will be treated with sensitivity and compassion. 
    • Garda believe that a BMW 5 series was used by the suspects. Did you see this car either before, during or since the murders? In addition to the known escape route taken to the M1 toll, Gardaí believe that this car was in the Warrenpoint area of Co. Down in the days prior to the murders. 
    • Do you know who the occupants of this car were on the night in question? Did you see the car or the suspects involved either before or after the murders? Are you in a position to offer that critical piece of information that will help the Noonan and Murphy families get closure? If so, please get in touch. 

    Gardaí at Finglas Garda Station - Investigating.  Tel: (01) 666 7500

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    Gardaí at Milford, Co. Donegal continue to investigate the murder of Shaun Duffy in Meenacross, Co. Donegal on 29 January 2005.

    Shaun was a local man who lived in a bungalow at Meenacross just outside Dungloe. He was a 36 year-old bachelor who was well known in the area.  He worked as an undertaker and as a mechanic.  He had an interest and involvement in motor racing and horse sales.

    On the day before his murder Shaun travelled to Letterkenny where he accompanied his brother to collect furniture. He then made a few visits locally before returning home. 

    On the day before his murder Shaun travelled to Letterkenny where he accompanied his brother to collect furniture. He then made a few visits locally before returning home. 

    On the night of Friday, 28 January Shaun was in the Strand View Pub about 3 – 4 miles outside Dungloe. It was his younger brother Kevin’s birthday and Shaun was there with friends and family. At the end of the night the party went back to Shaun’s mother’s house in Meenacross. Nothing out of the ordinary occurred and Shaun left the party at 2.20am, driving the short distance (approx. 500 yards) to his own house. 

    The next morning Shaun’s mother was trying to ring him but couldn’t get through. She asked his younger brother Kevin to call into Shaun to see if there was anything the matter. Shaun’s body was discovered by his brother at 2.25pm on Saturday 29 January 2005.

    Shaun had been stabbed four times and was sustained severe head injuries.  He also received a wound to his right arm, consistent with a crossbow injury.  There were no signs of a break in but there were signs of a struggle. The weapons used have not been identified or recovered. 

    Since his murder there have been a number of local and national media appeals for information and one Peer Review conducted in 2017/18. The case of Shaun’s murder remains active and unsolved. 

    Appeal 

    • This is the 17th anniversary of the death of Shaun Duffy, a son, a brother, a man involved in a wide range of activities and interests both locally and nationally.
    • Shaun Duffy was well known both locally and throughout the country including Dublin, due to his interests in horses and motor sports. He worked as an undertaker and a mechanic.
    • Any persons or acquaintances who interacted with Shaun Duffy are asked to come forward to assist the investigation.
    • The investigation remains active – with over 1550 enquiries conducted and statements recorded from over 600 persons.
    • Investigators would like to thank those who have offered valuable information or assistance to the investigation to date. They would encourage anyone who they may or may not have spoken to previously, to come forward.
    • Gardaí understand that allegiances / relationships may have changed over the years and therefore they may now be better placed to speak to them. 

    Gardaí at Milford Garda Station investigating.  Tel: (074) 9167100

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    The Gardaí at Ardee are investigating the Murder of Terence McKeever, whose remains were found close to Mullaghduff Bridge, Cullyahnna, South Armagh, on 16 June 1986. The scene is located approximately 7kms from Castleblaney, Co Monaghan and a couple of meters over the border into Northern Ireland. 

    Narrative:

    Terence lived at Pembroke Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin, with his wife. He was the Managing Director of a family electrical contracting business – based both North and South of the border. Terence was originally from Co. Armagh but was living in Dublin. The electrical company was involved in a lot of large government contract works, North and South of the border, which included Army Barracks, Garda and RUC stations. 

    On 16th June, at approximately 6am, Terence left his home at Ballsbridge. He was due to chair a weekly meeting at the company office in Co. Armagh. He was driving a beige metallic BMW FIB 735 series. Terence was expected to arrive at work at approximately 8.15am but on this occasion he failed to do so. 

    It is believed he was abducted somewhere during his intended route which would have included the N2 from Dublin, passing through Slane, Ardee, Monaghan and continuing his journey to Armagh Town. Terence remains were discovered close to Mullaghduff bridge, approximately 25 meters into Northern Ireland, where it is believed he was fatally shot. 

    Terence’s Car: 

    Terence’s 735 BMW car, registration number FIB 735, was recovered the following day 17 June, in a lane located close to Carnagh, Co. Armagh. Terence’s briefcase and wallet were never recovered.  

    Suspect Vehicle: 

    A light blue Lite Ace van, early 1980’s model wasrecovered in Ardee two days later on 19 June. It had been stolen from Dundalk four weeks earlier and  was bearing stolen plates. The van and its male occupants were seen at Mullaghduff bridge on the morning of Terence’s murder. 

    Garda Appeal: 

    • There were anonymous calls alerting both the R.U.C and Gardaí to the location of Terence’s remains. If you are one of these callers can you make contact again. Gardaí are anxious to emphasize that your call could be vitally important to the investigation and will be treated with the utmost sensitivity. 
    • Gardaí believe that the answer to Terence’s murder lies within the community and are anxious to speak to anyone who may feel they are now in a position to assist. Gardaí will assess and evaluate all information, no matter how insignificant it may appear. 
    • Did you see Terence’s beige metallic BMW 735 series, 4 door saloon, registration number: FIB 735 at any time on the morning of 16 June or later when it was abandoned at Carnagh, Co Armagh? 
    • Did you see the blue, Toyota Liteace van at Mullaghduff Bridge? A similar van was found two days later on 18 June at Ardee. This van had been stolen four weeks earlier at Dundalk and was bearing stolen plates. Do you know who stole the van or the registration plates? Do you know who had possession of the van or where it was stored during this time? 
    • Finally, anyone who may feel better placed to assist Gardaí are encouraged to do so. With the passage of time loyalties and relationships may have changed, and again Gardaí would like to assure anyone making contact with them, that they will be dealt with in a compassionate and sensitive manner. 

    Gardaí at Ardee Garda Station, Investigating. Tel 041-6871130

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    On this month’s Crimecall Chief Superintendent Michael Hennebry of the Garda National Roads Policing Bureau was in studio to raise awareness in relation to the increase in road fatalities and discuss the launch of the Garda Social Media Campaign, “Be a Lifesaver Road Safety' Campaign

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    The campaign is aimed at encouraging all motorists to slow down and for us all to influence loved ones to do likewise.

    So far 83 people have died in road collisions in 2022, an increase of 32 on 2021. While the increase may partially be explained by a traffic volume reduction during the Covid pandemic, should recent trends continue, we could end up having one of the worst years in a decade, serving as a reminder, if one was needed, that we all need to change our behaviour on the roads. 

    However, An Garda Síochána is acknowledging that we need the public’s support to make change happen and have decided to launch “Be a Lifesaver Road Safety Campaign.” The initiative aims to encourage all road users to consider and adjust their behaviour on the roads and to influence others in their family, social and community circles to do likewise. 

    We are encouraging national and local influencers to post messages on their social media platforms encouraging people within their communities to “slow down”. It is envisaged that the social influencers will come from sporting, media, cultural, musical and other public backgrounds. Some such influencers, include football legend Paul McGrath, and singer ,song writer, radio and tv presenter, Nicky Byrne to name but a few, who gave their support to the campaign by posting a message. 

    Michael highlighted speed as a critical contributory factor, to fatal road traffic collisions and that the World Health Organisation estimated that a 5% reduction in average speed could result in a 30% reduction in fatal collisions. The campaign is initially aimed at encouraging all motorists to slow down and for us all to influence loved ones to do likewise. 

    While a driver may have a competent skill set ordinarily, should they choose to engage in some form of distraction, then invariably their ability to drive safely is seriously compromised. Some distraction examples include; holding a mobile phone, watching Netflix, eating breakfast and reading. All of which take the driver’s concentration away from the road. The non-use of seatbelts is another cause for concern and contributor to our road fatalities.

    Apart from the social media aspect to the campaign, viewers were asked to challenge and influence the driving habits of a loved one, friend or family member. 

    Finally, viewers were reminded that the effort to reduce road fatalities is everyone’s business and we should all take responsibility for our own driving habits. The word “behaviour” was said to be central to this new campaign and apart from the social media aspect to the campaign, viewers were asked to challenge and influence the driving of a loved one, friend or family member.

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    Gardaí in Kilmainham are investigating a serious assault that occurred in the early hours of Saturday 7 May 2022 on James Street, Dublin 8. At approximately 5:20am a woman spoke with the suspect outside the Malt House pub on James Street.  Both the man and the woman walked further up James Street in the direction of St. James Hospital. As they approach the entrance of the hospital, the suspect tackled the woman to the ground and punched her repeatedly. The suspect then hit her with an object across the back of her head, causing injury. The suspect punched her again. He then stood up and remained in the area for a short time. He then walked away, back in the direction of the city centre.  Another woman came to the injured parties aid and attempted to ask two men for assistance. They attempted to stop the suspect. The suspect then crossed the road at the top of Bridgefoot Street and made his way towards the quays. He was last seen between Arran and Usher’s Quay. 

    Description of Suspect: 

    • Aged in his 50’s
    • Between 5ft8 and 6ft in height
    • Grey hair
    • Clean shaven
    • Broad build
    • Dublin Accent
    • Wearing a black dress suit with distinctive trimming on the lapels, a white shirt, bow tie and black shoes. 

    Garda Appeal: 

    • Do you recognise the man in the CCTV?
    • After the Incident, the man’s shirt was covered in blood. Did you see him?
    • Where you at a black-tie event on the night in question.
    • Did you see anyone matching the suspect’s description on the night, especially taxi drivers, who may have dash cam footage?
    • It was the early hours of Friday 6th into Saturday 7th, the morning of the Darkness into Light walk in Phoenix Park. Were you travelling in the area? Did you see anything in relation to this incident?
    • We would appeal to the two men who tried to block the man’s path and left the scene to contact us.
    • Can you identify the suspect in relation to this serious assault investigation? Gardaí would really appreciate your help. 

    Gardaí at Kilmainham Garda Station, Investigating. Tel: 01-6669700

    Gardaí at Cabra Garda Station are investigating an incident of sexual assault, at Mill Road in Blanchardstown on the 18 March last, at approximately 6.15pm. The incident occurred in a wooded area adjacent to the bridge at Mill Road, which is a roadway which leads from Blanchardstown Village to James Connolly Memorial Hospital. 

    Garda Appeal: 

    • The investigation team is appealing to anyone who was in the area at the time who may be able to assist with the investigation to come forward. 
    • A man who came to the victim’s aid and went to the nearby Connolly hospital and returned to the scene with two medical personnel. The men then left as the medical personnel attended to the victim.This male witness may have vital information which could help with the investigation. Are you this man or do you think you know who he is? 
    • If you have any information that can help please contact Crimecall on 1800 40 50 60. 

    Description of witness: 

    • The male witness is described as wearing a pink T-Shirt and shorts and may have been jogging in the area at the time. 

    Gardaí at Cabra Garda Station, Investigating – Tel 01-666 7400 

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    Tired

    On this month’s Crimecall Garda Adrian Corcoran was in studio to deliver a road safety message in relation to driver fatigue.  Fatigue occurs when a physical and mental impairment brought on by the lack of sleep puts you more at risk of nodding off while driving, therefore increasing the risk of being involved in a collision. 

    Adrian highlighted that research has shown that tired drivers are a major road safety risk both to themselves and to others and that driver fatigue could be a contributing factor to 1 in 5 driver deaths in Ireland. 

    Tiredness related collisions are 3 times more likely to result in death or serious injury because of the high impact speed and lack of avoiding action.  These collisions tend to occur when our body rhythms are at a natural low point during the early hours of the morning (2am – 6am) and in late afternoon (3pm – 5pm).

    A recent survey showed that 28% of motorists in Ireland say they have fallen asleep or nodded off, even if only for a moment while driving. Among people who drive for work, this increased to 33% for people who drive to work, who say they have fallen asleep or nodded off even if only for a moment when driving. 

    Risk Factors

    Studies have shown that the groups most at risk from driver fatigue are:

    • Ø Young male drivers
    • Ø People working night shifts
    • Ø Those who drive for a living such as commercial drivers
    • Ø People with sleep disorders such as sleep apnoea
    • Ø Medication
    • Ø People suffering from Lack of Sleep

    Young male drivers are most commonly involved in sleep related road collisions, but this may be because they are more likely to drive in situations which are likely to lead to fatigue rather than because they are more susceptible to falling asleep at the wheel.

    People working night shifts are at risk especially after the first night of a shift cycle when the body has not yet acclimatised to a change in sleep patterns

    People who drive for a living such as truck drivers and company car drivers often drive for long hours and drive during the peak times for sleep related collisions.

    Those suffering from sleep disorders such as sleep apnoea are at a higher risk of falling asleep while driving. Obstructive sleep apnoea is a disorder that affects 5 – 10% of the adult population and is the most common sleep disorder causing daytime sleepiness. Patients with obstructive sleep apnoea are up to 7 times more likely to have a road traffic collision than the general population as a result of sleepiness. There are effective treatment programmes available for those who suffer from sleep Apnoea.

    Some medicines can cause daytime sleepiness. Many of the over the counter treatments for colds, flu and hay-fever, that can be bought without a doctor’s prescription, also cause unwanted sleepiness which might impair driving.

    Anybody who is driving and suffering from a lack of sleep is susceptible to falling asleep at the wheel.

    What can you do to minimise risk?

    If fighting sleep at the wheel, the best action to take is to stop, get a cup of coffee or a caffeinated energy drink and then take a 15-minute nap.

    Research shows that the caffeine takes effect about 15 to 20 minutes after drinking it.  Therefore, you should drink the coffee first and when you wake up from your nap you get the double benefit of the sleep and the caffeine as it starts to kick in. That is why the advice is to sip before you sleep. 

    Don’t sleep longer than 15 or 20 minutes as you might wake up feeling groggy. It’s a good idea to set the alarm on your phone to prevent over sleeping.

    If you have no access to a caffeinated drink, take a nap as this is the most important tactic. Doing this on its own will help significantly. The coffee is a bonus.  If you are planning a journey, keep a caffeinated energy drink in the car, or take a flask of coffee with you.

    In cases of extreme tiredness, brought on by sleep deprivation, the only cure for such lack of sleep is sleep.

    Don’t be tempted to keep driving when you are tired just because you are close to your destination. Many tiredness related collisions occur within a few minutes of the driver’s destination because they have relaxed and the body takes this as a signal that it is alright to fall asleep.

    Tactics such as opening the window, turning up the volume on the radio or going for a walk do not work and no amount of will power will keep you awake.  You should never fight sleep at the wheel.

    The advice is STOP - SIP - SLEEP.

    On this month’s Crimecall Garda Adrian Corcoran was in studio to deliver a road safety message in relation to motorway driving. Every day in Ireland, thousands of commuters are using our growing motorway network. All major cities in Ireland are now connected by motorway. Although motorways are statistically the safest way of moving large volumes of traffic, there are still risks to drivers who use them. The higher speeds on motorways mean that things can happen very quickly – a moment’s lapse of concentration could have severe consequences.  Adrian discussed the different categories that are not permitted while using the motorway. 

    You must not enter a motorway if: 

    • You are a learner driver or do not hold a full licence for the category of vehicle you are driving;
    • Your vehicle cannot travel at a speed of at least 50 km per hour;
    • Your vehicle has an engine capacity of 50cc or less;
    • Your vehicle does not have inflated tyres;
    • You are walking, cycling or moving animals;
    • You drive a motorised wheelchair. 

    Motorway Speed Limit 

     The maximum speed limit on a motorway is 120km per hour unless:

    • - There are signs stating another speed limit, for example, warning signals to highlight road works, or
    • - You are driving a vehicle that is subject to a lower limit such as a bus or truck. 

    Lane Discipline

    The basic principle is that you should always drive in the left lane (lane 1) unless you need to overtake a slower vehicle or vehicles, or unless the lane is blocked. Once you have finished overtaking, move from the right lane (lane 2) back into the left lane as soon as it is safe to do so. On a three lane motorway, there is an extra overtaking lane (lane 3), but you should still keep left as much as possible i.e. don’t drive in the right lane if the middle lane (lane 2) is empty, or in the middle lane if the left lane is empty.

    When changing lanes, you should only move one lane at a time, treating each one as an individual manoeuvre. Never drive straight across a lane to get to the next one. You should only pass a slower vehicle on the right ensuring to keep the vehicle you are overtaking to your left, unless traffic is moving in slow queues and the traffic queue on your right is travelling more slowly than you are. Passing on the left in normal traffic flow is known as undertaking and can be very dangerous.

    Do not use the outside lane if you are driving:

    • A goods vehicle with a design gross weight of more than 3,500 kilogrammes such as a lorry or heavy goods vehicle (HGV);
    • A passenger vehicle with seating for more than eight passengers such as a bus; or
    • A vehicle towing a trailer, horsebox or caravan.

    When driving on a Motorway

    Over the past number of years, we have had a number of serious incidents caused by vehicles driving the wrong way on a motorway.

    Take care when joining a motorway to ensure you are travelling in the correct direction, especially if you are in an unfamiliar location.

    You must drive ahead. You are not allowed to turn or reverse. It is an offence to drive against the flow of traffic on a motorway. 

    If you find yourself driving against the flow of traffic, pull in immediately to the hard shoulder and stop. Contact the Gardai by dialling 999. Do not attempt to turn your vehicle. Wait for help in a safe place. If you see somebody driving in the wrong direction call 999 immediately.       

    If you miss your exit continue to the next exit and come back on the other side of the motorway. Never attempt to reverse back against the flow of traffic.

    If you take the wrong exit continue moving ahead where you can re-join the motorway, never attempt to reverse back to the motorway.

    Keep a safe distance from the vehicle in front. Leave a bigger gap when you are driving on wet or icy roads or in fog.

    You must not drive on the hard shoulder as it is an offence to do so and you could get penalty points.

    Do not stop or park on the motorway except in an emergency or when you are told to do so by the emergency services or Gardai. If you breakdown move your vehicle to the hard shoulder where possible. Call the Gardai noting that they will require information about your location. You and all passengers should then wait for help on the embankment side of the motorway well behind the crash barrier.  

    Toll Plazas

    When approaching a toll, reduce your speed appropriately. Always leave a safe gap between your vehicle and the vehicle in front. All toll roads in Ireland, with the exception of the M50 eFlow barrier-free tolling system, are managed by a conventional barrier operated toll plaza. For these toll roads, the toll payment options are;

    • Manual lanes with a toll booth attendant;
    • Automatic coin machine lanes;
    • Payment by electronic toll tag.

    If you enter an incorrect lane at the toll plaza do not reverse against the flow of traffic on the motorway. Continue moving forward and press the help button at the booth and an attendant will assist you. If using the automatic coin machine lane have your coins ready prior to entering the motorway.

    When you are leaving a motorway

    You will normally leave the motorway by a slip road to your left. You should watch out for the signs below that let you know that you are getting near your exit. Move safely into the left-hand lane or lane 1 well before reaching your exit.

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    Motorway driving offences and penalty points

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    Garda Adrian Corcoran was in studio to discuss distracted driving, offering advice and explaining the dangers associated with it to the public. Distracted driving is the act of driving while engaging in other activities which distract the driver’s attention away from the road. Distractions are shown to compromise the safety of the driver, passengers, pedestrians, and people in other vehicles. Distracted driving includes talking or texting on your phone, eating and drinking, talking to people in your vehicle, adjusting the radio, entertainment or navigation system, anything that takes your attention away from the task of safe driving. It is estimated that driver distraction could play a role in 20-30% of all road collisions in this country. 

    Mobile phones are the number one distraction to drivers on Irish roads. Despite the fact that using mobile phones while driving is killing people on our roads, people continue to text, make phone calls, take selfies or update their social media pages while driving. Statistics show that making a call makes a driver four times more likely to be involved in a collision and texting makes a driver (23) times more likely to be involved in a collision.

    From Adrian’s experience of enforcing this legislation it seems a lot of drivers think that the offence is talking onto the phone or holding it to their ear, this is not the case. The offence is holding a mobile phone while driving. This means that simply holding a mobile phone in your hand is an offence. 

    Supporting a mobile phone with any part of your body is also considered to be holding a mobile phone. An example of this would be supporting it between your head and shoulder.

    It is illegal to access information on a mobile phone while driving, even if it’s in a cradle. 

    If taking or making calls while using your cars bluetooth system this should be done either through the buttons on the steering wheel or through voice commands. Hands-free or bluetooth systems can be just as distracting while driving so it’s advisable to only use when absolutely necessary and keep calls as short as possible. 

    Research shows that if you drive and use your mobile phone (hand-held or hands-free) it will hinder your driving in different ways. It makes it harder for you to: 

    • Keep in lane
    • Drive at the right speed
    • Keep a good distance from the car in front
    • Judge safe gaps in traffic 

    Child distraction is the second biggest distraction to drivers on our roads. The most common types of distraction that children can cause include the driver turning to look at them or observing them by using rear view mirror, engaging in conversation, leaning into the back to help/pacify or in an attempt to play with them. 

    Attempting to attend to the children in the back puts not only everybody in the car at risk but also other road users. We would advise parents to give serious thought to your children’s need before you set off on your journey. If you need to attend to your children while driving find a safe place to pull over before doing so. Ensuring that children are properly restrained in their car seat is essential to reduce driver distraction. 

    A parent wouldn’t ignore their child screaming in the back without at least trying to intervene. The very act of attempting to attend to their children’s needs puts them and their children in mortal danger. 

    In my years as a member of Roads Policing Adrian has experienced drivers having their breakfast, putting on makeup to watching Netflix, all while driving. 

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    In recent years Satellite Navigation systems in cars have become a major distraction to drivers. We would advise entering your co-ordinates or destination before you set off and if you need to make any adjustments along the way, again find a safe place to pull over and do so.   

    As we said earlier driver distraction comes in many forms and if something you are doing while driving feels intuitively wrong then it probably is wrong. The consequences for taking your attention away from your driving can be life changing for you and for others. 

    There are some simple things you can do to make sure there’s nothing to distract you and that your full attention is on the road. 

    Clear out clutter – cans and soft drink bottles rolling around under your seat are clearly a distraction. 

    If listening to playlists make sure they’re set up on your device before you leave. 

    Try not to drive if you’re feeling overwhelmed, stressed, or you think you won’t be able to give driving your full attention. 

    Secure your pet properly. Never let your pet travel loose in the car. Besides being a serious distraction, if they’re free to jump about inside the car, they’re more likely to be injured or injure you if you are involved in a collision. 

    Penalties 

    Mobile phone

    If you are found to be holding a mobile phone while driving by a member of An Garda Síochána you will receive a fixed charge notice of €60 and 3 penalty points on your driving licence. If you choose not to pay the fixed charge and are then convicted in court you will get 5 penalty points and a fine of up to €2000. 

    Driver Distraction

    If you are guilty of driver distraction the penalty will depend on the seriousness of the offence, and sometimes on how many offences you have committed in the past. It ranges from a fixed charge notice for the offence of ‘driving without reasonable consideration’ which will mean an €80 fine and 2 penalty points to the upper end of the scale, ‘dangerous driving causing death/serious injury’ where you could be fined up to €20000 and receive a jail sentence of up to 10 years.  

    On this month’s Crimecall Garda Adrian Corcoran offered the following advice in relation to motorcycle safety:

    Motorcycle Safety

    Currently in Ireland Motorcycles represent 1.4% of the total number of licensed vehicles yet in 2021 they accounted for just over 16% of the total number of fatalities on our roads. 21 motorcyclists were killed on our roads last year. To date in 2022 10 motorcyclists have lost their lives on our roads, that’s 1 in 4 of all road deaths. The majority of incidents involving motorcycles are avoidable and all too often, are simply the result of basic errors made by riders. 

    In June 2021 Gardai from DMR Roads Policing at Dublin Castle launched BikeSafe on a pilot basis. 

    Bikesafe is a workshop includes a classroom setting which covers topics such as collision causation, cornering, positioning, overtaking, observation, braking, hazard perception and use of gears. This is followed by an observed ride out with an advanced Garda motorcyclist who provides feedback to identify strengths and areas for development. This gives the rider an impartial assessment of their motorcycle riding ability. BikeSafe raises awareness of the importance and value of bridging the gap and progressing on to accredited post-test training. The BikeSafe pilot continues for 2022 and more information can be found on www.garda.ie.

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    Part of the research prior to commencing the BikeSafe pilot was to study serious injury and fatal collisions involving motorcycles over the past number of years with a view to establishing the causation. It is evident that the majority of the collisions occurred in one of the following three areas: 

    • Overtaking
    • Junctions
    • Left hand bends 

    Overtaking

    Collisions have occurred when motorcyclists have been attempting to overtake another vehicle and one of two things has happened. Firstly the motorcyclist has misjudged the overtake or secondly the vehicle which the motorcyclist was overtaking has turned right. 

    Junctions

    Collisions at junctions have occurred when other traffic has failed to observe the motorcycle and has driven into the path of the motorcycle causing a collision. 

    Left Hand Bends

    Collisions on left hand bends have occurred when the motorcyclist has misjudged the bend causing the motorcycle to travel onto the wrong side of the road and collide with traffic coming in the opposite direction.   

    Further training can be hugely beneficial to motorcyclists as it can help improve their knowledge and skills and make them a safer and more confident rider. The current licencing system in Ireland includes Initial Basic Training (IBT) which is a training course broken down into separate modules covering a mixture of theory and practical riding skills. A lot of our motorcyclists would have obtained their licence prior to 2010 when the IBT was introduced. These motorcyclists would not have undergone any formal training and they would certainly benefit from some further training. A list of accredited trainers can be found on the RSA website

    I would appeal to motorists to watch out for motorcyclists, especially at junctions and when turning right. The number of motorcycle casualties on our roads so far this year is worryingly high and we don’t want to see this continue over the summer months. 

    POWDER check should be carried out by the motorcyclist prior to each journey. 

    P - Petrol - Important to have enough petrol to complete the journey as running out could leave you stranded. Know if the motorcycle has a reserve tank or a warning light. 

    O - Oil - Know how to check the oil level on your motorcycle. Making sure the motorcycle has the correct amount of oil in the engine will reduce engine wear and prevent engine seizure which could lead to a collision. 

    W - Water - Know how to check the coolant level. Is motorcycle water or air cooled? Modern machines will have a warning light to alert rider of a problem. 

    D - Damage - Check the motorcycle for signs of obvious damage, such as indicators, brake and clutch levers. Light lenses and mirrors should also be checked. Is there any noticeable damage to wheel rims or tyre walls? Are there any drips or pools under the motorcycle? 

    E - Electrics - Are you sure all your lights and indicators are clean and working? Horn and brake lights should also be checked. Know where the fuses are and how to replace them. 

    R - Rubber - Your tyres are an essential component of motorcycle safety. Ensure they have adequate tread depth (1.0 mm is the legal limit in Ireland). Make sure they are inflated to the correct pressure and defect free. 

    More information on this can be found on the rsa website www.rsa.ie. 

    A motorcycle helmet is the most important purchase a motorcyclist will ever make. That is why it is extremely important that when you buy a helmet it meets the current European standard. 

    A helmet which meets this standard will display the code ECE 2206. This means that it has undergone a series of tests which ensure that it will provide the motorcyclist with adequate protection in the event of a collision. 

    Area for concern for motorcyclists is the online purchase of helmets. While the internet is a good place to get a bargain, you really do need to take extreme care if buying a helmet online, specifically if it is not from a recognised supplier. 

    A product which is relatively new to the market is an airbag vest. These have been used by motorcycle racers since the 1990’s and are now available to the road rider. The idea is that in the event of a collision this vest inflates and provides protection to the back, neck and chest. This will significantly reduce the risk of spinal cord injury. These vests are a worthwhile investment and they make the odds better on surviving a collision with less injury.

    On this month’s Crimecall Garda Adrian Corcoran was in studio to discuss road safety advice in relation to seat belt and child restraint safety - one of the key proven lifesavers.

    Adrian also highlighted an initiative by two Gardaí based at Bantry District, Cork West Garda Division. Garda Johnathan Mc Carthy (Schull) and Garda Brigid Hartnett (Bantry), who in conjunction with Cork county council developed a virtual reality programmewhich simulates what it is like to be a passenger in a fatal collision.

    The Virtual Reality, (V.R), programme is targeted at younger drivers, aged 16 to 25 who are among the most vulnerable road users. We know that passenger fatalities are highest in this age group. The V.R headsets put the young person in the passenger seat so they can experience the reality of a serious collision. The most important factor for us is that 88% of participants said they would change their attitude and behaviour after taking part in this programme. They began thinking about speeding, the use of mobile phones, wearing a seatbelt and driver distraction.”

    The pilot programme involved 1,200 students from County Cork and was developed by West Cork Community Gardaí based at Bantry District in partnership with Cork County Council Road Safety Officer. Assistance was also received from Leicestershire Fire and Rescue where the headsets originated. The programme has since been rolled out across the entire country, reaching over 10,000 students to date.

    Further information is available from the Road Safety officer based at each Local County Council.

    Seat Belts and Child Restraints: 

    • 27% of fatalities were not wearing seat belt in 2021
    • 10% of those seriously injured between 2017 and 2020 not wearing a seat belt
    • 17% of motorists say they don’t always wear a seat belt in the back seat

    Seat belts are the most basis form of road safety and are proven lifesavers. Seat belts dramatically reduce the risk of death and serious injury in the event of a collision. Yet our provisional statistics from 2021 shows that 27% of drivers and passengers killed in road traffic collisions, were not wearing a seat belt at the time of the collision.

    Results from a recent survey found that while 96% of drivers say they always wear a seat belt, this figure drops to 83% when people are travelling in the back seat of a car. Forgetting to put on a seat belt is the main reason for not wearing it.

    If you are over 17 you are legally responsible for wearing your seat belt in a vehicle whether you are a driver or a passenger. Responsibility lies with the driver to ensure that all passengers under the age of 17 wear a seat belt or have a proper child restraint.

    Last year Gardaí issued 7,248 fixed charge penalty notices for seat belt offences.This figure shows that some people continue to take unnecessary risks on our roads by failing to belt up. 

    Our advice is to everyone, whether driving or a passenger, please ensure that you are wearing your seat belt before you set off.

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    On this month’s Crimecall Garda Adrian Corcoran was in studio to offer advice in relation Tyre Safety. 

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    Tyre Safety 

    The tyres on your vehicle are the only part of your vehicle in contact with the road. Therefore, they play a key role in vehicle safety. Based on our analysis of road traffic collision reports we estimate that defective tyres could be a contributory factor in as many as one in ten fatal collisions annually, resulting in approximately 14 deaths each year. 

    Your safety, along with the safety of your passengers and other road users, could depend directly on the condition of your vehicles tyres.

    Tyres must:

    • Be the right kind and size for your vehicle
    • Be properly inflated
    • Be free from defects
    • Have a tread depth of at least 1.6mm 

    Dangers of using sub-standard or incorrect tyres include:

    • Reduced road handling – you have less control of your vehicle
    • Increased braking distances – it could take up to twice the normal braking distance to stop
    • Aquaplaning – where your tyres lose grip on the road in wet conditions
    • Blow-outs – resulting in loss of control of the vehicle 

    By law, it is a driver’s responsibility to make sure that their vehicle meets legal requirements and is in a roadworthy condition at all times. Tyres should be checked to ensure there is a minimum tread depth of 1.6mm. Anything less is illegal for use on a public road.

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    (I will have a device in studio which is used to measure tread depth. It’s a simple device which can be purchased in any motor factors and costs €6/€7)

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    Tyres also have a tread wear indicator block set into them at a depth of 1.6mm. You should check this block to ensure that this indicator is not at the same level as or lower than the tyre tread. 

    Tyre Maintenance

    Correct inflation pressure is important, as the pressurised air inside your tyre has to support the weight of your vehicle and its load. Inflation pressure can also affect your vehicles fuel efficiency. Tyre pressures vary depending on the vehicle model and the load being carried.

    We recommend that you check your tyres pressures regularly against the manufacturers specifications for your vehicle. You’ll find the inflation specifications in your vehicle owners handbook, inside the fuel filler cap or on the door sill. According to the Irish Tyre Industry Association (ITIS) 90% of premature or uneven tyre wear is due to under or over inflation. 

    The following illustrations demonstrate how the effects of correct and in correct pressure can be seen on your tread pattern.

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    In addition to checking inflation the condition of the tyres should also be checked on a regular basis. If your vehicles tyres show signs of deterioration (wear and tear), you should remove them and replace them. Do not drive on a public road with sub-standard tyres on your vehicle. There are several tell-tale signs you should keep an eye out for: 

    • Cracking of the side wall of the tyre
    • Distortion of the tyre tread
    • Deformation of the main body of the tyre
    • Loss of pressure despite regular pumping
    • Deep cuts
    • Bulges
    • Separated or perished rubber
    • Vibrations through the tyres when you drive 

    (I had examples of sub-standard tyres in studio)                          

    Spare Wheel / Space Saver 

    The spare tyre should also be checked on a regular basis to ensure it is inflated to the correct pressure and that the tyre is in good condition. If you need to drive with a space-saver wheel it is important to note that they are designed for temporary use, to get you home or to a place of repair. Maximum speed with a space-saver wheel is restricted to 80kph. You should aim to get the original car tyre repaired or replaced as soon as possible. 

    Penalties 

    If you drive with damaged or worn tyres, you are putting your own life and the life of others at risk. You also risk prosecution. There are over 50 different fixed charge penalty notices for various offences relating to tyres. They all carry a fine of €80 and 2 penalty points. If you are convicted of the offence of driving with dangerous tyres, you could be fined up to €5000, or receive a 3 month prison sentence, or both. You will also have 5 penalty points on your licence upon conviction.  

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    Gardaí at Claremorris Garda Station are investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of twenty-one-year-old, Joe Deacy who was found unconscious with head injuries in a driveway of a house in Gortnasillagh, Co. Mayo on Saturday 12 August 2017.

    Joe, from St. Albans in the United Kingdom was visiting relatives and friends in the west of Ireland, specifically Galway and Mayo. Joe loved soccer and Gaelic Football and spent several summers as a young boy visiting the west of Ireland. During his teenage years Joe maintained contact with family, friends and cousins and visited them often, attending the Galway races and Gaelic Football matches.

    On the 11th of August 2017, Joe had once again visited family and friends in Ireland. He went to a bar known locally as Paddy’s bar in Kiltimagh. Later Joe returned to the house where he was staying in the townland of Gortnasillagh.

    At 6.45am on Saturday morning, 12 August, Joe was found unconscious in the driveway of the house with head injuries. Joe died at Beaumont Hospital the following day from his injuries.

    Joe’s family made an emotional appeal on Crimecall for information that will assist the Garda investigation. 

    Garda Appeal: 

    • Did you see anything out of the ordinary on that night?
    • Do you possess any information that may assist the investigation? We may or may not have spoken to you previously, either way we want to assure you that you will be treated with sensitivity and compassion.
    • Allegiances change with the passage of time, were you friends with any of the suspects at the time and now feel better placed to speak to the investigation team?
    • An extensive investigation has been conducted since 2017. However Gardaí still require and urge the public to come forward with the last piece of the jigsaw that will progress the investigation and bring some closure to the Deacy family.
    • An Garda Síochána appeal directly to those suspected of involvement to come forward and unburden themselves? They believe that Key to solving Joes death lies within the local community. 

    Gardaí at Claremorris Garda Station, Investigating, Tel: (094) 937 2080

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