Rural robberies on the rise

Crime in rural areas of the midlands has been on the rise in recent months. In the past week, several serious incidents have taken place across the region, the latest of which took place on Monday night this week (Oct 17).

Crime in rural areas of the midlands has been on the rise in recent months. In the past week, several serious incidents have taken place across the region, the latest of which took place on Monday night this week (Oct 17).

Two men, disturbed during a burglary in Roscommon, were chased through Co Longford, before the pursuit ended in Mullingar with a successful arrest. During the chase a Garda helicopter assisted personnel on the ground in Legan to help apprehend the pair.

At the weekend Gardai arrested three men in relation to an attempted robbery at Ardagh Post Office on Friday last.

Two men entered the village post office at 4pm and demanded cash from the post mistress. One was carrying a bat and the other another implement. An alarm was activated shortly afterwards and the two men fled the scene empty handed.

The following day, Saturday October 15, Gardai carried out a number of searches in the area and arrested three men. All three were subsequently released without charge and a file is being prepared for the DPP.

Although nobody was injured in the raid, there is now serious concern throughout Longford at the growing number of robberies taking place in the region.

In recent months, there has been an notable increase in the number of robberies and break-ins and there is considerable concern about this trend.

Ardagh Post Office was one of a number of businesses to be targeted by thieves in recent weeks.

In the past week alone, Longford Harneys Jewellery shop on Main Street was robbed. The robbery, took place on Tuesday October 11 last at 4.15pm, when a man entered the shop with his face covered. He produced a hammer from a plastic bag and threatened two shocked members of staff. He then took a large quantity of jewellery. The culprit was then observed leaving the shop by an off-duty member of the Gardai and after a chase on foot. He was arrested by Longford Gardai and all property was recovered.

The culprit, who is from the Longford area, was brought to Longford Garda Station and was detained under the provisions of Section Four of the Criminal Justice Act. He was later charged and appeared before Athlone District Court. The following day he was remanded into custody and was scheduled to appear at Longford District Court this week.

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