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Thursday 5 December 2019

Manhunt for 'crazed' thug after shot fired at woman's house

Gardai at the scene of the shooting near Ardee in Co Louth
Gardai at the scene of the shooting near Ardee in Co Louth

A manhunt was continuing last night for a notorious criminal who is on the run after shots were fired at a woman's home in Co Louth - which gardai suspect is part of a bitter domestic dispute.

Senior sources told the Herald last night that the PSNI has been helping gardai with their investigations after officers received information that the suspect crossed the Border yesterday before driving back into the Republic.

The 30-year-old criminal at the centre of the manhunt is considered "crazed and dangerous", according to sources, and he is suspected of shooting at a house at 7am yesterday in the Ardee area of Co Louth.

Attack

No one was injured but there were a number of people in the property at the time of the gun attack.

It is understood that a shotgun was used in the incident and the house was sealed off yesterday. The 'volatile' situation kicked off in the Arthurstown area of Ardee, Co Louth, yesterday morning.

Following the dispute with his partner, gardai suspect the Louth criminal opened fire on his girlfriend's home.

He is only out of jail a number of months ago for a serious crime involving a stolen car. He was jailed for three years for that offence. The criminal, also from Co Louth, is well-known to local gardai.

Detectives have intelligence that he fled over the Border to Northern Ireland.

However, it is believed he then returned to the Republic. Searches were last night underway on both sides of the border.

The car in question is an 11 WW-registered silver Toyota Avensis. Gardai have advised members of the public not to approach the car if they see it.

The suspect is well known for involvement in organised car theft, as well as burglary and other offences.

He also has links to a major Co Meath-based drugs network but is not classified as a drugs trafficker himself. Gardai made an appeal for information in the case yesterday morning.

They said in a statement: "Gardai are carrying out an operation in the Louth Division this morning, October 9, 2019, following reports of shots being fired in the Arthurstown area of Ardee.

"Gardai are seeking the public's assistance in tracing the whereabouts of an 11 WW registered silver Toyota Avensis.

"Gardai would advise members of the public not to approach this vehicle, but to report any sightings or information to gardai by calling the emergency lines on 999 or 112, Drogheda Garda Station on 041 987 4200 or the Garda Confidential line on 1800 666 111."

The Armed Support Unit continued their manhunt last night.

The incident is not linked to the feud in Drogheda which has led to one murder and dozens of serious crime incidents.

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