Raider forced to flee during botched raid

A homeowner who fell asleep while watching television woke to find an intruder attempting to carry out an early morning raid during the early hours of Tuesday morning, writes Liam Cosgrove.

A homeowner who fell asleep while watching television woke to find an intruder attempting to carry out an early morning raid during the early hours of Tuesday morning, writes Liam Cosgrove.

The botched break-in happened shortly before 4am when the raider managed to gain access through a patio door. As the burglar made his entry, it’s understood the unsuspecting homeowner was disturbed from their sleep, prompting the raider to flee on foot.

Gardai have confirmed nothing of note was taken during the incident which took place along a stretch of the Royal Canal Bank.

While that investigation continues, gardai have also confirmed they are making inquiries into two seperate cases of suspected criminal damage over the weekend.

The first occurred at St Michael’s Road in Longford town last Saturday morning. Like the incident at Royal Canal Bank, a homeowner became unnerved by the sound of faint voices at around 5:30am. Unable to make out what was being said, the householder soon discovered a window had been smashed before reporting the incident to gardai.

Meanwhile, in Ballymahon, a front window of a house and car windscreen was similarly damaged sometime between 2am and 3am on Monday (July 8). The incident occurred at Creevaghbawn, Creevabeg. Witnesses are asked to contact Longford Gardai at (043) 3350570.