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26/10/2021

Kildare dad: I was burgled and I'm lucky to be alive

A YOUNG Kildare father who chased burglars with a walking stick admits that he is ‘lucky to be alive’ and is  now living under a constant threat. The Kilshancoe resident, who moved from Celbridge, with his family seven years ago, to escape burglaries, has now become the target of several savage attacks. Paddy (not his real name) has been targeted by burglars three times within the past few months and twice he confronted them. The distressed father is deeply worried that someone is going to lose their lives due to rising burglaries in the rural area and for this reason does not want to reveal his identity. After the first incident, insurers have estimated that at least €9,000 worth of damage was caused to  Paddy’s family home, despite  his attempts to intercept the burglars with a walking stick. He recalled to KildareNow how they dropped iPads, phones and a high tech security system on the ground and fled. Paddy said: ‘’They came in through the back of the house. I was in the garage when I noticed them looking in the window. I chased them with a walking stick up the road.” The second incident, also a few months ago, involved a gang appearing at the entrance of his home. Paddy chased them causing them to flee.  The latest incident, just last week, resulted in  his neighbours chasing the gang from  the outside of his property when it was unoccupied. Kilshancoe comes under the Kilcock Garda District but is just a short distance from Enfield, Co Meath. According to Paddy, Gardai have taken up to one hour from Kilcock to reach one of the reported incidents. Meanwhile a meeting  with Gardai and concerned locals at  the Hamlet Court Hotel, Johnstownbridge, earlier this week, addressed the rising rate of crime in Co. Kildare. The meeting organised by Fianna Fail  Cllr James Lawless follows serious concerns by the public representative that Co Kildare has only one Garda for every 750 people in the county. Cllr Lawless pointed out that Co Meath has one Garda for every 350 people. Cllr Lawless added : “There is a hugely serious crime issue in Co. Kildare. The Gardai are doing their best, but there needs to be a lot more of them.”

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