By Ann Murphy
A manhunt is underway after a gang of men, suspected of a series of burglaries in Co. Cork, escaped capture in a high-speed car chase with gardaí at rush hour, the Evening Echo has reported.
The manhunt started before 5pm yesterday evening when gardaí spotted a Northern Irish-registered black Subaru estate vehicle on the Lower Glanmire Road.
What followed was a high-speed chase through country roads close to the city.
The vehicle had been linked to burglaries in Cork city and county in recent days. It is believed to be used by a gang of travelling criminals based in the Dublin area who travel across the country to carry out burglaries.
When gardaí tried to stop the vehicle, it sped on to the Dublin road at Dunkettle.
It left the motorway and travelled back roads in the Glenville and Carrignavar areas. At that point, several gardaí from Cork city and the Cork North garda division were involved in the chase, while the air support unit from Dublin were also tasked.
However, gardaí lost the vehicle on roads close to Rathcormac and efforts to locate it since have failed. Gardai in other divisions were alerted but were no further sightings.
It is not known how many people were in the car at the time.
People on their way home from work saw the chase underway and sources said it was a miracle that no accidents occurred given that the chase coincided with rush hour.
A text alert was issued to people in the Fermoy area appealing for help in tracing the vehicle.
Superintendent Mick Finn appealed for any witnesses to come forward with information by contacting Anglesea Street Garda station on 021-4522000.
Article courtesy of the Evening Echo