Last evening, here on Thurles.Info, we were contacted by one of our readers, informing us that a new crime, in the form of a scam, had been perpetrated on a Thurles resident.
According to our reader the scam operates as follows; a man runs up behind someone telling them they have dropped some money out of their pocket. The perpetrator of this scam holds out a sum of money in his hand, the latter in the form of a €20, €50 or €10 note.
The criminal will then insist it was you who have dropped the money in question, even though you insist it was not you. He will then ask you to check your wallet. As soon as you do so the criminal will snatch your wallet and run to a car which has conveniently pulled up alongside, before jumping in and then speeding away.
Our reader also states that it has happened to an elderly friend of theirs, as they walked their dog close to St. Patrick’s Cemetery here on the outskirts of the town.
A local police spokesperson at Thurles Garda station has stated that they are aware that this crime has been committed in many areas and warn against any future victims attempting to recover their loss. Instead they should concentrate on taking note of the car Make, Colour and Registration Number and/or take note of the physical details of the perpetrators involved, before immediately reporting the incident to their local Garda station.
New charges have been filed against seven men, latter accused of terrorising a family during an aggravated burglary at the home of Mr Mark and Mrs Emma Corcoran at Burnchurch, Killenaule, Co Tipperary, on November 21st of last year. The Corcoran’s three daughters were in the house at the time of the incident and were recorded screaming on a 999 call made from the family home.
The seven men accused all appeared at Cashel Courthouse here in Co Tipperary yesterday in front of Judge Terence Finn, in relation to the first original charges of aggravated burglary.
The accused, who are all from Dublin city, were also been charged with false imprisonment of Mr Mark Corcoran during the incident; the possession of a handgun and a shotgun for the purposes of committing aggravated burglary; stealing a Subaru car on the night of the burglary in Castlecomer, Co Kilkenny and stealing the Corcoran’s Kia Sorrento family car.
During that incident Mr Corcoran was assaulted and suffered a fractured eye socket and a broken nose. The seven men accused were later arrested by Gardaí, after fleeing in two vehicles, including the car owned by the family.
All accused were in custody last night after those who had been granted bail last year; namely Patrick Joyce, Michael McDonagh and Donal O’Hara, were refused further bail in relation to the new charges.
The men charged with the offences were; John Joyce aged 19, The Donaghies, Donaghmede, Dublin; Patrick Joyce aged 21, Beaumont Hall, Beaumont Woods, Dublin 9; Michael McDonagh aged 22, Tara Lawns, Belcamp Lane, Coolock, Dublin 17; Thomas Flynn aged19, Moatview Avenue, Coolock, Dublin 17; Donal O’Hara aged 21, Glin Park, Coolock, Dublin 17; Dean Byrne aged 21 of Cabra Park, Dublin 7 and Patrick Gately aged 26 of Primrose Grove, Darndale, Dublin 17.
The case has now been adjourned to Cashel District Court for next Wednesday, March 19th.
Garda crackdown promised over the St Patricks Bank Holiday weekend
Warning: On other Garda matters, please be warned Tipperary Gardaí will be out and about clamping down on drunk and those driving dangerously over this Saint Patrick’s weekend. People planning to spend the coming weekend celebrating our Patron Saint are being reminded to leave the “wheels” behind and walk or organise a safe lift.
So in the words of Sergeant Phil Esterhaus in the once great TV American serial police drama “Hill Street Blues”- “Hey let’s be careful out there.”
The power to terminate motorists penalty points in the future may possibly be taken out of the hands of senior Garda officers and centralised here at the Garda Fixed Charge processing office in Thurles, Co Tipperary.
According to Minister for Justice Alan Shatter, a much stricter system is to be set up by the Garda Inspectorate, latter who were established eight years ago to review Garda procedures and recommend and oversee policing reform.
Under this new system Garda officers, with the rank of Superintendent and higher, would no longer have discretion to cancel points in cases where legitimate reasons for infringements had been made known or where motorists complained of certain errors.
Future approaches on the points system would be sent to the Thurles Co Tipperary office and would be logged and regularly audited, especially with regard to all reasons for any future cancellation decisions that might be taken.
New legislation will now be required to provide for any future such reforms, but the old Latin question still remains; “Quis custodiet ipsos custodes? which roughly translated from Latin to English means; “Who will guard the guards themselves?”
To Ireland’s great shame we learn that one of the first of two White-tailed Eagles (Haliaeetus albicillato) to fledge successfully from their nest in Co Clare, here in the west of Ireland, has been found shot dead in Co Tipperary.
A post-mortem examination carried out on this magnificent bird’s remains clearly shows it was killed by a blast from a shotgun cartridge, with between 45 to 50 pellets remaining in its body. The impact of the shot broke one of the birds legs and a wing, as well as causing damage to the main torso resulting in the bird being totally grounded, possibly for some days after the shooting, unable to walk and before actually dying both from malnutrition as well as its overall sustained injuries.
This particular bird, a young male eagle, was reared by a pair of White-tailed Eagles at a nest on Lough Derg, near Mountshannon, Co Clare, directly across the lake from the village of Portroe, Nenagh, Co Tipperary and successfully flew from its nest in July 2013 last. This bird was one of the first chicks born from the high profile reintroduction programme which began way back in 2007, with the release of young Norwegian eagles, as part of the White-tailed eagle reintroduction programme.
The diet of this bird is varied, but water-based birds, mammals and fish found close to the surface of water are its potential prey. During lean winter months it will feast on carrion such as dead marine mammals, dead livestock and has also been known to eat dead humans, but latter only out of sheer necessity.
The hatching of this bird, latter fully protected by Irish law, had marked a special day for Irish nature conservation and those many people who support such efforts throughout Ireland.
Gardaí at Nenagh are fully investigating the death of this ‘White-tailed Eagle’ and anyone with information should contact Nenagh Garda Station on Tel: 067-50450.
Gardaí have arrested twelve people as part of their investigations targeting a specific organised crime gang involved in burglaries in the South East of Ireland. These arrests follow organised raids on dozens of houses and flats across several counties today, including Co Tipperary.
Thearrests are understood to have taken place as a result of “Operation Munster,” latter set up to target organised criminals suspected of carrying out burglaries in Ireland’s south east region.
In all, Gardaí raided over 40 properties across Co Tipperary and the neighbouring counties of Kilkennyand Waterford. Gardaí were backed up by armed members of the Regional Support Unit and Customs officers and seized property stolen which included jewellery, cash, electronic equipment and other items of value.
Also as part of the lead up to today’s operation a number of bank accounts, held by known gang members involved in crime, have been now frozen. It is also understood that Gardaí in recent days have recovered eight shotguns possibly stolen in the Clonmel area of Tipperary.
Of the 12 persons arrested (nine men and three women), two have been released without charge and two have been arrested on warrants and transferred to prison, while the remaining eight are currently being detained and questioned at various Garda stations under section 50 of the Criminal Justice Act.