Tuesday 22 August 2017

Twink's home one of five targeted in 24-hour crime spree

Showbiz star Twink Photo: Tony Gavin
Showbiz star Twink Photo: Tony Gavin
A safe lies in the bath in Twink's house

Elaine MacCahill

Twink’s Victorian mansion was one of five homes that were burgled in the Knocklyon area of Dublin in the space of just 24 hours last weekend.

The stage and TV star, whose real name is Adele King, was left distraught when her home, named Idrone House, was ransacked on Friday.

By the following evening four other homes, another in Knocklyon and three others in Rathfarnham, Ballycullen and Tibradden had also been broken in to.

No arrests have yet been made.

Twink took to her Facebook page and said she is “shocked to the core to hear how many have been through it themselves”.

The 64-year-old said the scene that awaited her when she arrived home was “beyond what the word ‘shock’ implies”.

She said “every birthday, Christmas, anniversary gift” she had ever received was gone.

“All my beloved mother and grandmother’s jewellery, my wedding rings, my baby rings, the girls’ precious baby bracelets, my old charm bracelets from the sixties.

“One garda said it was the worst destruction he’d ever seen in a break-in,” she said.

Local Independent councillor Deirdre O’Donovan said the series of break-ins was “very frightening” as there is an elderly demographic in the area.

“Burglaries like these are all down to a lack of resources, we’re down a community guard here,” Ms O’Donovan told the Herald.

“It’s very, very frustrating because even if they are caught, they’re let out to do it again.

“It must be soul-destroying for them [gardai] to put the effort in to catch these guys and for them to be let out on bail.

“I think we have to look at tagging for repeat offenders because there are no disincentives to these people,” she added.

Ms O’Donovan has urged people to report crimes, no matter how small.

“The message we need to get out there is that if you see an attempted break in to your car, your shed – wherever – ring the guards because they cannot allocate sufficient resources if they don’t know what’s going on in your area,” she said.

Tackle

“I know people have this fear of wasting time or being a nuisance if they ring the gardai about something suspicious.

“It might be something small to you but it could part of the bigger picture and it could help tackle the crime.”

Anyone with information relating to the burglaries can contact Rathfarnham Garda Station.

Herald

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