Gar­daí praised for raid re­sponse

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CLLR. KATH­LEEN KELLE­HER has thanked Gar­daí for their quick re­sponse to the re­cent rob­bery at the Mar­riott Druids Glen Ho­tel, dur­ing which Min­is­ter Dick Roche and eight other peo­ple were held at gun point.

‘I would ap­peal to any­one who can help with the in­ves­ti­ga­tion to con­tact the gar­daí as soon as pos­si­ble,’ said Cllr. Kelle­her, who is chair of the Co. Wick­low Joint Polic­ing Com­mit­tee. ‘Ever a small piece of in­for­ma­tion can be use­ful.’

Cllr. Kelle­her said that the used of tech­nol­ogy, par­tic­u­larly tex­ting, could help alert the gen­eral pub­lic when a se­ri­ous crime has been com­mit­ted.

‘For ex­am­ple, peo­ple could sign up and then re­ceive texts ask­ing them to watch out for par­tic­u­lar ac­tiv­ity,’ she said. ‘If such a sys­tem had been in op­er­a­tion last Mon­day, peo­ple could have been alerted as to the type of car that was used and per­haps some­one might have no­ticed when the car was aban­doned and what kind of car had been wait­ing in situ for the trans­fer. The gen­eral pub­lic could have kept a watch for the car.’

She said that it is very dis­tress­ing when or­di­nary peo­ple go­ing about their work or daily lives are caught up in crim­i­nal ac­tiv­ity.

Cllr. Kelle­her in­tends to ta­ble a mo­tion about the use of tech­nol­ogy, which could also in­clude road re­ports and weather alerts.

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