ARMED GANG TER­ROR

FOUR MEN AR­RESTED FOL­LOW­ING TER­RI­FY­ING OR­DEAL IN CLON­ROCHE

Enniscorthy Guardian - - FRONT PAGE - By BREN­DAN KEANE

AN armed gang, be­lieved to be hunt­ing for a per­son known to them, en­tered a com­mer­cial premises on the out­skirts of Clon­roche and threat­ened staff be­fore mak­ing off in a sil­ver coloured Hyundai.

The ter­ri­fy­ing in­ci­dent hap­pened at 10 a.m. on Thurs­day and later that day four men were ar­rested near Naas af­ter their car was in­ter­cepted by mem­bers of the Emer­gency Re­sponse Unit (ERU).

The four were ar­rested un­der Sec­tion 30 of the Of­fences against the State Act, 1939, on sus­pi­cion of pos­ses­sion of firearms.

The four are be­lieved to have links with a biker gang well known to the gar­dai for al­leged in­volve­ment in crim­i­nal ac­tiv­ity around the coun­try.

In a fol­low-up in­ves­ti­ga­tion €135,000 cash, in var­i­ous cur­ren­cies, two mo­tor­cy­cles, a van and a quan­tity of cannabis were seized fol­low­ing a search at a house in Crum­lin.

The four sus­pects were later re­leased with­out charge.

FOUR men were ar­rested on Thurs­day fol­low­ing an in­ci­dent in Clon­roche in which staff at a com­mer­cial premises were threat­ened by a gang wield­ing a hand gun.

The four are be­lieved to have links with a biker gang well known to the gar­dai for al­leged in­volve­ment in crim­i­nal ac­tiv­ity around the coun­try.

A spokesper­son for the gar­dai said the in­ci­dent in Clon­roche oc­curred at around 10 a.m. when three men en­tered the premises, lo­cated on the out­skirts of the vil­lage, while one man re­mained in the car.

It’s un­der­stood the gang were search­ing for a par­tiuclar per­son and that when they pulled up the man they were af­ter ran away across fields at the back of the build­ing.

‘ Three of the men in the car en­tered the premises and threw a few things around and broke a win­dow,’ the garda spokesper­son told this news­pa­per.

‘ They left the scene but re­turned a short time later and took the CCTV equip­ment,’ he added. ‘So far no of­fi­cial com­plaint has been made.’ The mat­ter came to garda at­ten­tion af­ter a mem­ber of the pub­lic close to the scene re­ported it.

The caller to the gar­dai said one of the gang had a gun in his pos­ses­sion, how­ever, no firearm was re­cov­ered dur­ing the in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

It’s be­lieved the gang and their in­tended vic­tim are all from Dublin and are known to the gar­dai.

It’s un­der­stood that af­ter en­ter­ing the Clon­roche premises the gang threat­ened staff mem­bers.

How­ever, no shots were fired and no­body was in­jured dur­ing the in­ci­dent.

Later that same day Roads Polic­ing Units ob­served the ve­hi­cle sus­pected of be­ing used in the

Clon­roche in­ci­dent, a sil­ver Hyundai, trav­el­ling to­wards Dublin on the M9 mo­tor­way.

The car was in­ter­cepted a short time later near Naas by mem­bers of the Emer­gency Re­sponse Unit (ERU) the four oc­cu­pants were ar­rested on sus­pi­cion of pos­ses­sion of a firearms.

The four ar­rested are in their 30s, 40s, and 50s, and were de­tained un­der Sec­tion 30 of the Of­fences against the State Act, 1939, in garda sta­tions in Wex­ford and En­nis­cor­thy.

As part of the fol­low-up in­ves­ti­ga­tion de­tec­tive units from Crum­lin and Sun­drive Road Garda Sta­tions in Dublin, with as­sis­tance from lo­cal uni­form mem­bers, the Garda Na­tional Drugs and Or­gan­ised Crime Bureau, the ERU and the ASU, con­ducted a search on Fri­day and Satur­day, at a house in the Wind­mill Road area of Crum­lin, Dublin 12.

Dur­ing the course of that house search an es­ti­mated €135,000 in cash, in var­i­ous cur­ren­cies and de­nom­i­na­tions, was seized in ad­di­tion to a quan­tity of cannabis (pend­ing anal­y­sis), a van, and two mo­tor­cy­cles.

Gar­dai con­duct­ing a search at a house in Crum­lin as part of a fol­low-up in­ves­ti­ga­tion re­lat­ing to the in­ci­dent in Clon­roche.

A gang yield­ing a hand­gun en­tered a premises in Clon­roche.

€135,000 in var­i­ous cur­ren­cies was re­cov­ered dur­ing the house search.

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