29/11/2010

Garda Injured Chasing Mugger

A member of the Gardaí has been injured in a car chase in County Offaly after a women was mugged on early Sunday morning.

The incident began at around 12.45am on November 28 when a female in her 50’s was approached by a male on Father Paul Murphy Street, Edenderry.

He snatched her handbag, which contained a sum of money, and jumped into a car before speeding off in the direction of Carbury, Co Kildare. Gardai in Edenderry were alerted and found the suspect car, which they followed.

A Gardaí spokesman said this morning there was a collision between the Garda Car and the suspect car, but the suspect's vehicle continued towards Broadford being pursued by Gardai from local stations and also by members from the Regional Support Unit.

The suspect car was eventually stopped at approx 2.50am in Kilmore, Cadamstown, Co Kildare and three people were arrested, two males of 25 years, a juvenile and a female of around 20 years. They were taken to Tullamore Garda Station where they are currently being detained under the provisions of Section 4 of The Criminal Justice Act 1984. A sum of cash was also recovered.

A member of An Garda Siochana was injured and was taken to Tullamore Hospital where he was subsequently released. One of the suspects also received minor injuries and was treated locally.

Witnesses are asked to contact the Gardai in Tullamore on 057 9327600, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station.

(DW)

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