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Gardaí Close To Arrests In Roscrea Aggravated Burglary Case

Gardaí appear to be “hot on the heels” of raiders who escaped with a small amount of cash, having ransacked the home of former Tipperary hurler Mr ­Jimmy Campion, aged 94, and his wife Mrs Mary Campion, aged 87, in Roscrea, Co. Tipperary, on Saturday night-week last.

The gang members, who also attacked the couple on the night of May 7th last; striking Mr Campion over the head with his own walking stick, leaving him needing several stitches to head wounds, are suspect in a spate of past home burglaries, committed across the Munster and Connacht area, over the past number of years.

Mr Campion, who has now been discharged from the Midland Regional Hospital, in Portlaoise, following his ordeal, is said to be making a good recovery from the injuries to his head.

Yesterday morning Gardaí, who have identified a travelling gang whom they believe are responsible, visited a number of addresses in South County Dublin, including one halting site. During these visits, mobile phones and other articles believed to be linked to the Roscrea raid, were removed for forensic examination, and as part of an evidence-gathering operation. Specialists from the Garda Technical Bureau will now forensically examine clothing taken in the raids, while mobile phones removed will be sent for full scrutiny to the computer crime unit.

Individuals suspected of involvement in this crime are understood to have departed from their previous known addresses, since this recent serious criminal occurrence.

These raids yesterday follow a close study of CCTV footage, taken from various security cameras which were located on or near the Old Dublin Road area of Roscrea town.

Anyone with information on this case are being asked by Gardaí to contact their investigation team on Tel: (0505) 24230 or phone their confidential line on Tel: 1800 666111.

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