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Friday 15 December 2017

Mum tied up in horror home raid as her child slept

a WOMAN was tied up during a horrific aggravated burglary at her home while her child was asleep upstairs.

The shocking crime unfolded at a house on the Clontarf Road at around 10.30am on Tuesday when two men burst into the property.

The raiders, who were unmasked, ransacked the house after they barged in when the woman answered the front door.

The 39-year-old woman was then tied up with cable ties and repeatedly threatened.

The ruthless burglars escaped with thousands of euro in jewellery and cash from the house.

The woman's ordeal lasted for 15 minutes and during that time her child woke up and became distressed.

The woman was repeatedly threatened by the men during the terrifying robbery.

Her child, who awoke with all the commotion and began crying, was not harmed.

After the pair had retrieved all the valuables from the house, they fled. The distraught woman managed to free herself from the cable ties soon after and called 999.

It is understood that the criminals had been stalking out the property for a number of days before they committed the aggravated burglary.

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Gardai from Clontarf are investigating the incident and it is understood that they will be trawling through CCTV in an attempt to catch the culprits.

The woman is "completely traumatised" after the incident which occurred in daylight hours.

No arrests have yet been made as investigations continue. The most recent figures from the Central Statistics Office, released last month, show that burglaries with violence were up by 5.5pc, while non-aggravated offences were down from 25,462 to 25,459.

Possession of an article with intent to burgle, steal or demand was down by 6.1pc to 662.

Acknowledging the rise in aggravated offences for the second quarter of the year, interim Garda Commissioner Nóirín O'Sullivan said that the force had launched a campaign to advise people on how to protect their homes.

The longer winter evenings typically coincide with an increase in burglaries by some 25pc.

kfoy@herald.ie

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