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.
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
- 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
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
- 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
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
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
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.
- 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
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.
Tina is described as five foot seven inches in height with blonde hair and blue eyes.
- 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
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
- 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
On this month’s Crimecall Garda Adrian Corcoran offered the following advice in relation to 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.
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:
- Left hand bends
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.
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.