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"I’m going to bed every night thinking this darkness is going to come to my house and either cause criminal damage or potentially violence against me and my son.”

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A nurse has been left terrified after a criminal gang mistakenly threatened to target her house thinking it belonged to a prison officer.

Jan, from Clarehall, north Dublin arrived home from work one day to find gardaí at her house, who informed her that her house was being targeted by accident.

She told her story on Liveline today, saying: “I had a detective sergeant from Coolock Garda Station at the door informing me that my address was out there with criminals who were targeting a prison warden but they had my address by mistake.

“They said they investigated it thoroughly and it is a real threat.

“He basically just said that we need to be on guard, we need to be advised on how to stay safe and that a crime prevention officer would come to the house. My number would be highlighted at Coolock Garda Station and if I rang at any time of the day or night, a car would be sent straight down.

The woman told listeners that she lives in fear every day and fears for her and her 21-year-old son’s safety.

She continued: “I just live with my son. There’s no man who’s 30 years in the prison service living at my address.

“How can you sleep with that threat? I’m going to bed every night thinking this darkness is going to come to my house and either cause criminal damage or potentially violence against me and my son.”

Jan added that a crime prevention officer visited her house and advised her to take new safety precautions, such as blocking up her letterbox, installing security cameras, and driving a different way to work.

However, Jan explained that gardaí have not made contact with her since the crime prevention officer’s visit.

The nurse said: “The guards said to me that it was ongoing investigation and they’d be in touch with me but I haven’t heard from them in two weeks.

“It’s just an absolute disgrace.

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“I’ve been given no support, no backup. I’ve been left in limbo to deal with this situation that’s been put on me.

While she expressed her frustration with garda officers, Jan shared that Cllr Tom Brabazon, former Lord Mayor Dublin, has been of great help to her.

She revealed that he was the one who boarded up her letterbox and acquired fire extinguishers for her.

Cllr. Brabazon said: “Obviously I was very concerned for this lady’s welfare. She’s working 12 hours a day and she described the situation which I was really concerned about.

“Jan certainly wouldn’t be the first and I certainly have come across situations before, but Jan is very vulnerable.”

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