Scary, this was a very well Organised Crime Gang, to Try and Spring a Prisoner, from Custody, in a Prison Van, is a Direct Threat to the Irish State?

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Balaclava-wearing crime gang ram prison van in failed bid to free suspected killer

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AN ORGANISED crime gang from south Armagh are the chief suspects in the ramming a prison van in a failed attempt to free one of their members.

The suspected killer, who is considered “extremely violent and volatile”, was one of four inmates travelling in the van while being escorted back to prison after appearing in court.

The hit-and-run happened near Clontibret, between Monaghan town and Castleblayney, at 6.45pm on Wednesday.

We cannot reveal the identity of the inmate because he is facing serious charges before the courts.

The suspect has been on remand for several years and was previously known to gardai in Co Monaghan for assaults and other violent crimes.

He had also spent years on the run, hiding out along the Border.

The gang who tried to free him yesterday wore balaclavas and drove a stolen gold-coloured BMW into the prison van.

The car was later found burnt-out close to a nearby roundabout.

The gang then escaped back into Co Armagh in a Northern Ireland-registered Audi, and it is understood the PSNI are helping gardai with their investigation.

“The criminals who are suspected of being involved in this are considered highly dangerous,” a source said.

“This was a very unusual incident, and thankfully no one was hurt.”

Gardaí are continuing to carry out searches, but there have been no arrests and officers are appealing for information.

“Gardaí are seeking witnesses to a hit-and-run road traffic collision on the N2 at Kilcrow, Clontribbet, Co Monaghan, on Wednesday June 15,” a spokesman said.

“At approximately 6.45pm, a gold-coloured BMW X5, was in collision with an Irish Prison Services van.

“No injuries have been reported at this time.

“The BMW X5 left the scene and was found burnt-out a short distance away on the N2.

“An Garda Síochána are satisfied that a number of individuals were observed leaving the scene of the burnt-out vehicle in a grey-black Audi A4 with Northern Ireland registration plates.

“An Garda Síochána are satisfied that the BMW X5 may have been stolen in a burglary in Ashbourne, Co Meath, on May 15, 2022.

“The correct registration of the BMW X5 is 04 D 77272. At the time of this hit-and-run collision, the BMW was bearing false registration plates, 06 D 520.

“An incident room has been established at Monaghan garda station.

“Gardaí are appealing for any persons with any information on this incident to provide this information to the investigation team.

“In particular, An Garda Síochána are appealing to anyone who was in the following locations and/or any driver or other persons with any camera footage (including dash-cam) to make it available to them.”

The spokesman said they are appealing to anyone who was travelling on the N2 near Kilcrow, Clontibret, between 5.30pm and 7pm on Wednesday or travelling through Monaghan town between 9am and 7pm on Wednesday and who may have seen the BMW or the Audi to come forward.

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