Miss­ing Philly may have been tar­geted by drugs gang

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GAR­DAI ARE se­ri­ously con­cerned for the safety of Bray man Philip ‘Philly’ O’Toole who has not been seen for over a week.

They have ap­pealed for some­one to come for­ward with in­for­ma­tion to ease the dis­tress of his fam­ily.

The Thorn­hill View man was shot in En­niskerry in Au­gust 2011 and sur­vived that at­tempt on his life. Shots were fired at his fa­ther’s Ard Chualan home in Septem­ber of the same year.

O’Toole has a crim­i­nal record that in­cludes pos­ses­sion of a firearm. Gar­dai be­lieve miss­ing Philip may have been tar­geted by a drugs gang.

Philip (32) tele­phoned his fam­ily on the evening of Mon­day Jan­uary 8. His part­ner and child saw him that day as he left their Fas­saroe home. He was re­ported miss­ing on Tues­day morn­ing.

‘Philip is the kind of man who would stay in reg­u­lar con­tact with his mother and his part­ner,’ said De­tec­tive In­spec­tor Frank Keeneghan of Bray Garda Sta­tion.

‘ This is a dif­fi­cult time for his mother and fa­ther, his sis­ter and his part­ner.’ He said that even an anony­mous tip- off re­gard­ing O’Toole’s where­abouts would be wel­come for their sake.

Gar­dai found Philip’s BMW coupe on Dar­gle Road on Tues­day night. They have car­ried out door-to-door en­quiries in the area and are try­ing to piece to­gether his move­ments on the day he van­ished.

‘We are ex­am­in­ing CCTV along the route from Ark­low to Bray,’ said Det. Insp. Keeneghan.

He is de­scribed as 5’ 7”, with brown hair and of medium build. It is not known what he was wear­ing on the day of his dis­ap­pear­ance.

Bray Garda Sta­tion can be con­tacted on (01) 6665300. The garda con­fi­den­tial line is 1800 666 111.

MISS­ING: Philip ‘Philly’ O’Toole

Miss­ing Philly O’Toole.

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