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Three men killed in fatal Dublin crash were close friends and members of a burglary gang

DUBLIN: Gardai have identified the three men who died in the Dublin N7 crash after a head-on collision with a truck. Gardai reveals that all three are close friends and members of a burglary gang. Graham Taylor, 31, Carl Freeman, 26, and Dean Maguire, 29, were perished in a fatal collision while trying to flee from the gardai on Wednesday night.

Gardai have also received information that the BMW 3 Series in which they were travelling was involved in multiple crimes in recent weeks. The accident happened near Rathcoole at 11.40pm on Wednesday. The driver of the truck is being treated at Tallaght University Hospital.

All three were involved in over 200 criminal cases

About 200 crimes have been registered in the name of the three dead. They were all part of a large burglary gang based in Tallaght, Dublin. It was the gang’s mode of operation to drive in the wrong direction to escape when chased by police, but this time it cost them their lives. The Garda Ombudsman is conducting their own investigation into the incident.

Freeman, who is addicted to drugs, had over 60 convictions including for thefts, burglaries and assault, among others. Taylor, the most senior of the three, had over 120 convictions, including burglary, criminal damage, an assault on a garda, and a long list of motoring offenses. His license was revoked for 40 years in 2016 after gardai arrested him for driving offences. Maguire is also a convicted burglar with over 25 convictions.

The gang stays in different parts of the country for brief periods of time and ransacks homes. They also use stolen cars, often from the UK, and frequently change their registration plates. They are quite professional in their work.

A garda spokesman said: “Gardai are appealing for anyone with information to contact them. In particular, any witnesses who may have seen a dark blue BMW 3 Series vehicle (06-D-47768) in the areas of Belgard, Citywest or the N7 between 11.15pm – 12.00am are asked to come forward.

“Gardai can be contacted at Clondalkin Garda station on 01 6667600 or the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111.”

The Garda Sochána Ombudsman Commission (GSOC) has also requested that anyone who can assist their investigations contact them. “The Commission asks any witnesses to the incidents or who have information or dash cam footage that will assist the investigations to contact GSOC at 1890 600 800 or [email protected],” they said.

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