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Sunday 15 September 2019

Hill Street manhunt follows fatal crash

Flowers at the scene of the fatal crash near Ferns.
Flowers at the scene of the fatal crash near Ferns.

By David Tucker

A HOUSE in Wexford was searched by armed gardai on Friday during the hunt for two cousins being sought in connection with the fatal hit and run near Ferns.

Members of the armed response unit and local gardai searched the house in Hill Street shortly before 9 a.m. in an 'intelligence-led operation'.

The search followed the discovery of a black 5-series BMW in St. Aidan's Villas in Enniscorthy on Thursday, although it's unclear when the stolen car was dumped by the two men.

On Monday, gardai in Enniscorthy and further afield in the county were still carrying out house-to-house enquiries, although there has been no sign of the men since they fled the scene of the fatal accident.

Anyone who has any information is asked to call Enniscorthy gardai on (053) 9242580.

'We're still hoping they are in the jurisdiction and that someone may be able to help us find them,' said a garda spokesman.

Chief Supt John Roche said there were people in the Hill Street house at the time, but no arrests were made.

Supt. Roche he had 'no such information' on whether he believed the two men were still in the county.

'Armed gardai were both sides of the road,' said a local man who saw the operation while it was under way.

Gardai have stepped up security at airports and ports in a bid to capture the two men. They suspect that at least one of the men may try to travel to the United Kingdom where he has strong ties there having spent a period of time there.

CCTV footage from a garage in Arklow where the men drove off without paying for fuel has been examined and gardai believe they know the idenities of the pair.

The men are being hunted by gardai after they fled the scene of a two car collision which left 81-year-old pensioner James Brennan from Enniscorthy dead and his passenger, a woman in her 50s, with serious injuries, after their car was struck and pushed into a ditch by a stolen Volvo abandoned by the men following that fatal crash.

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