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Saturday 19 October 2019

Gardaí arrest man in relation to violent car-jacking which left woman 'shaken'

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Elaine Keogh

A man was arrested this morning by gardai investigating the hijacking of a car from a woman early on Wednesday morning.

The woman, aged in her sixties, was left shaken by her ordeal during which two men pulled her from the car as she waited in it to carpool with someone else.

It was 5.40am and the woman had parked in the Moyfenrath estate, Enfield, Co Meath when the men opened the door, left her on the ground and then drove off in her silver coloured Renault Megane in the direction of Kilcock.

Gardai believed at the time that it was most likely a random attack.

The woman's daughter said she is still very nervous and sore.

People in Enfield were also shocked by the incident according to local Cllr Enda Flynn, who said the location "is (also) where children gather to get a bus to primary school.

"When people hear about such aggressive behaviour they are obviously concerned.  It is very unusual to have this behaviour in Enfield, which is a quiet spot."

He said that Meath County Council have plans to build an official park and ride facility in Enfield.

Meanwhile Cllr Caroline Lynch said she believes that opportunistic criminals target towns like Enfield and Trim because they know more Garda resources are needed.

She said, "People don’t feel safe... we need more feet on the street, we need more visibility to stop this sort of opportunistic crime. 

"The gardai need to be better resourced," she added.

Gardaí confirmed to Independent.ie that a man in his fifties was arrested in Dublin this morning and is detained at Trim Garda Station under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act.

Gardai confirmed he was arrested in the Blanchardstown area of Dublin. 

A spokesperson said, "Gardai would like to thank the public for their assistance with this investigation to date, particularly those who provided dashcam and CCTV footage."

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