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16th Jun 2022

Gardaí investigating burnt out BMW and Audi getaway cars after prison van hit-and-run

Dave Hanratty

Prison van crash

The incident took place in Monaghan on Wednesday evening.

Gardaí investigating a hit and run incident involving a prison van have identified two specific vehicles involved in the collision.

The incident took place in Monaghan on Wednesday evening (15 June) when a prison van that was transporting a prisoner from court was rammed off the road on the N2 at Kilcrow in Clontribbet.

At approximately 6.45pm, a gold-coloured BMW X5 collided with an Irish Prison Services van before leaving the scene. The BMW was later discovered in a burnt-out state a short distance away on the N2.

No related injuries have been reported as of Thursday morning.

Gardaí 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.

Gardaí are also confident that the BMW X5 was stolen in a burglary in Ashbourne, Meath, on Sunday, 15 May. The correct registration of the vehicle is 04 D 77272. However, at the time of the hit-and-run incident, the BMW had been fitted with false registration plates of 06 D 520.

Having established an incident room at their Monaghan station, investigating Gardaí are appealing to the public for assistance. Any driver or other individuals with camera footage – including dash-cam – is asked to contact Gardaí, should the following circumstances apply:

  • Anyone who was travelling on the N2 in the vicinity of Kilcrow, Clontibret between 5.30pm and 7pm on Wednesday 15 June
  • Anyone who was in the vicinity of Monaghan town centre between 9am and 7pm on Wednesday who may have witnessed the gold BMW or grey/black Audi in question
  • Anyone with any information regarding the stolen BMW

Anybody with relevant information is asked to make contact with Monaghan Garda Station on 047 77 200, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111, or any Garda Station.

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