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Wednesday 17 September 2014

Twink shocked as gang attempt to blow up ATM

Published 21/05/2014 | 07:24

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SCENE: Gardai search for clues. Photo: Gareth Chaney/ Collins

Panto-queen Twink was disturbed by a gang of raiders in her Knocklyon home as they set about blowing up an ATM across the road from her.

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The stage stalwart told the Herald how her dogs "went berserk" in the early hours of yesterday morning and would not stop barking.

It has since transpired that a daring attempt was being made by a gang to blast the cash machine out of the wall of the local shopping centre, just yards from Twink’s front gate.

The gang succeeded in 
blowing the front off the ATM at around 4am, but fled 
empty-handed when they failed 
to access the cash stored 
within it.

They had pumped gas into the cash dispenser at around 4am and ignited it in the hope of blowing the machine apart.

“I can’t believe that these guys were just across the road, it’s terrifying to think it could be happening so near to you,” Twink told the

She said the explosion could be easily heard.

“I wasn’t long home at that time and the next thing the dogs went berserk, they were barking their brains out,” she said.

“I was trying to get them to calm down but they just wouldn’t. I thought the neighbours would go mad.

“They must have heard the gang blow the thing up.

“I came down to make a cup of tea to help me sleep, maybe these guys were still there at the time, I don’t know.”

Twink, whose real name is Adele King, said she did not know anything about the attempt to explode the ATM from the cash point until she was informed of it by the

The fact that she was not long home at the time means she could have passed the scene as the gang was preparing its assault on the premises.

“It is incredible, absolutely incredible. God, I can’t believe it,” she said.

Twink’s period home faces into the car park of Knocklyon Shopping Centre, directly 
opposite the metal door at the side of the ATM that the gang tried to cut open with concrete saws.

The well-organised raiders also spray-painted the CCTV cameras at the site, as well as the screen of the ATM, to stop them being identified by cameras.

“I’m not sure why the gang picked that machine to rob because any time I try to get cash out of it I find it’s empty,” Twink said.

“What is the country coming to? I don’t know when Knocklyon last saw drama like it.”

Gardai are investigating if the gang that attempted the raid could be connected to a gang that attempted a similar robbery in Enniscorty, Co Wexford, last February.

In that raid a gang blew up an ATM at the Ulster Bank and fired a shot at the patrol car that responded within 40 seconds.

Gardai at Rathfarnham are investigating the latest raid.

Evening Herald

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